Friday, February 29, 2008

Ready to hit the waves

With the weather getting warm here in Colorado, I am really itching to go surfing. When I was in Florida, I would go around three to four times a week. But in the past 5 1/2 years I've probably only been 4 times. Needless to say, if I were to try and paddle out now, it would probably take me a couple hours and I would be too tired to catch any waves by the time I got outside the break. But at least I can still daydream of grabbing my longboard and cruising. Here's a video of my last surf session a couple years ago (or at least how I remember it)...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nuggets game- For Adults Only

Monday night I got the opportunity to go to a Nuggets game. They played the Pistons and lost in the last minute. It was a great game, at least the basketball part. But, I was totally surprised by what took place during the breaks. During some of the breaks the mascot comes out and does some goofy stunts which is pretty cool, but then the Nuggets "dancers" come out during other breaks and do dance routines. Now, all three of my daughters take dance and I have a very high appreciation for that art of dance and the talent it takes to do it. However, I was surprised at the routines that take place during the games. First of all, the dancers first come on the court with oversize button up baseball style jerseys on that barely cover their rear ends to where it looks like they have no pants on. After a minute of suggestive dancing, they all rip open their jerseys (not unlike what a stripper would do I'm assuming) and reveal themselves in tops that look like extra small bikini tops and shorts so short that their butt cheeks hang out the bottom. They then proceed to bend over and dance even more suggestively. I'm not sure if the nuggets want to paint their games as family friendly, but I would have a hard time explaining to my girls why their dance team doesn't do these same kind of routines.
On a side note, the half time was performed by the early nineties rap group Digital Underground in what they said was their last live performance ever. Man did that bring back memories of high school....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pot Pourri

- Tonight I'm going with my intern Jonathan to a Nuggets game. They play the Pistons. With A.I., Carmelo Anthony and Kenyan Martin, you'd think the nuggets would be better. Anyway, should be a blast!
- I just found Jon Foreman's (lead singer of switchfoot) solo e.p.'s online. He's doing one for each season. "Fall" and "Winter" are already out. The music is real acoustic folk style. Right up my alley. Click here to check it out.
- Last night I watched an episode of "Cold Case" that had to do with a mom and two daughters that were homeless. At the end, I was crying my eyes out. Really gut wrenching.
- My office is way too small and has way too much stuff in it. I'm thinking of knocking down the wall that makes my closet to give myself more room.
- Sydney broke her training wheels on her bike by jumping it off a curb in front of our house. So now we are trying to teach her to ride without them. This could be dangerous once she learns. She is definitely a daredevil!
- In my devotions yesterday, I re-read the passage where Jesus washes the disciples feet. It really reminded me how much we need to slow down and let Jesus do for us just as much as we try and do for him.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Feeling better

So I have been sick the past 3-4 days with the nasty bug that is going around. It seems like every family we know has at least one person out of commission. Friday I was laying in bed half asleep when my daughter Daphne came in at around 8am. She crawled in our bed, snuggled up to me and poked me on the cheek. I was totally expecting her to ask me to go get her a drink, since she her idea of me being sick does not exclude me from waiting on her. So I opened my eyes and her face was right near mine and she whispered softly "I love you daddy" which she followed with a big smile. Wow, I could have been sicker than I ever have been and not known it. Nothing can make you feel better than that.
I think I'm finally getting over the bug and will hopefully be back to myself tomorrow...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lost...

So, I have been watching the series Lost since it started. I love it and can't miss a week, but I have to say that I am really getting tired of not having questions answered. What's funny is everyone I talk to that watches the show says the same thing. Everyone loves it, but hates it as well. Tonight was extra bitter for me because my DVR stopped recording right before the end of the show, right when I thought there might be some kind of big clue as to what is going on! Oh well, my confusedness continues...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I have a dream

Last week I was in my office and decided to play Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, which is on my ipod. I just sat and listened. I have to tell you that I love listening to this speech. Every once in a while I will just turn it on and listen to get myself motivated for whatever I am doing. There is something about it that just excites and spurs you to get active. For the time in history in which it was given, what a phenomenal speech! I can't imagine what it was like to be an African American going through those times, but to hear the hope that was spoken from Dr. King must have been flat out life changing. Anyway, if you haven't heard it in a long time or ever, you can listen to it here. With it being black history month, it's a great reminder of what this country has come from. Also, as someone who speaks to people on a regular basis, it is a great motivator for me to do my best each time I have the opportunity for people/students to listen to me.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Wisconsin Freeze

I just got back home last night from speaking at a Jr. High winter camp in Wisconsin. It was a great weekend. The camp was held at Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo. They did a great job hosting and there was lots to do. Playing broomball on an outdoor ice rink while it was snowing was awesome. The worship was lead by Chris Beery from Fresno, CA. and he did a great job of leading the students into worship while still rockin out too. Anyway, the final day was tough though. A cold front came through and it dropped to -11 degrees and a wind chill of around -30. And this was during the day with the sun out! Unbelievable!. I had never experienced cold like that and it was crazy. I truly thought my nose was going to fall off and I was only outside for a few minutes. It's fun to see other students other than the ones you normaly minister to worship and grow in God at a weekend like this. I pray they keep their desire to grow now that they are home. Now it's time to gear up for our snow camp this weekend. I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pot Pourri

- Even though I've never been big into politics, but I'm fairly excited to see what happens today being "super Tuesday".
- I am really wishing it were spring already. I am itching to play golf.
- I'm flying to to speak at a jr. high winter camp held in Wisconsin Friday. This will be my first time in the land of cheese and I'm afraid it's going to be 20 below zero. Should be a great time.
- My daughters have a dance competition this weekend. I never thought I would enjoy it, but seeing my girls on stage makes it all worth it. Too bad I won't be able to go to this one.
- Ok, so I woke up this morning singing the theme song from "The Love Boat". Strange...
- I can't wait for March so the college basketball tourney can get going!
- My daughter Daphne, who had pneumonia a few weeks ago, seems to be recovered. At least enough to come jump on her Daddy's back and play "horsey".
- Can we stop reporting on Brittney Spears already?!? I mean let her get mental care in peace so we don't end up needing to join her in treatment.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Superbowl Thoughts...

Ok, so I was bummed the patriots didn't win, but at least it was a good game. I'm not a big Eli Manning fan, but the scrambling play on the last drive was crazy! At least the superbowl left us with some great ads (that will be played over and over these next few months until we can't stand them) Here are a few of my favorites:

This one totally reminds me of a really good youth group video...


This one just makes you want to move...