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The Olympics

August 10, 2008 Leave a comment

We were out of pocket this weekend at a family reunion in Ohio, so we weren’t able to watch any of the Olympics.  Came home, unpacked, and on came the TV and laptop.  WOW, NBC is doing a killer job of streaming live events online.  I could watch 4 events at one time, the stuff you can’t see on tv.  Handball (WEIRD SPORT), badminton, archery, weightlifting.  It’s really cool.  I wish it was in better quality, but it’s not horrible.  I gotta go get the wiki article on the rules of handball….

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The Beginning of the End of Freedom?

I am probably making a mountain out of a molehill here, but what is up with L.A. (Lala land is right!) placing a moratorium on new fast food restaurants being built in poor areas?  They think this will allow for restaurants that offer healthier fare to move in, and therefore destroy the law of supply and demand, and lower obesity rates in these areas.  Here is the link.

I see a few problems with this, and will use McDonalds as my example of the evil that is fast food (according to the L.A. city council):

  • People will drive wherever they need to for McDonalds.
  • Healthier food typically costs more.  Think of the volume discounts that McDonalds has for their purchases, versus Healthy Bob’s Asparagus Shack.  The poor may not want it, nor pay more for it.
  • McDonalds offers healthy alternatives.  Who is keeping people from purchasing the healthy food?  THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES!  It’s called FREEDOM of choice.
  • McDonalds does not directly contribute to obesity in poor people.  Eating too much of it and not exercising does.
  • Why does the City Council, and not the VOTERS decide on this?
  • Poor people in that area that has an above average obesity rate should stand up for their rights to eat food, and allow restaurants to move in.  Aren’t their desires and tastes being discriminated against (I say tongue-in-cheek).
  • I am not against healthy food, I feel bad about the amount of obesity in America.  However, I do NOT think this is the answer.  Higher insurance rates for the obese may be, I don’t know.  More discrimination there I suppose.  Better education?  Perhaps.  A healthy hamburger?  Bring it on!  Ham, by the way, not soy…well, beef…  Hmmm, why are Ham burgers made of beef and not ham???

Am I way off track here?

Back From Vacation

Vacations are always too short.

This year, we stayed in Ohio with my wife’s family.  We had a great time fishing, eating, going to the zoo, eating, seeing fireworks, eating, and eating.  We did a lot more, but I won’t bore you with the details.

Brielle was so excited to see the fireworks, so we left her up way past her bedtime.  We arrived an hour and a half early, so we had to keep her occupied, and we did (Thank you DVD player in laptop).  She laid down for awhile, but was still really excited.  Finally it was dark, and they started.  She had on her headphones, and was holding her blankets.  Two seconds later, up goes the blanket over the eyes.  “Too bright!!”.  We thought the noise would bother her, not the brightness, but it did.  Funny thing was, she couldn’t stop talking about them afterwards, she had a great time!

The zoo was fun.  Perfect weather, and both children did great.  Brielle loved fishing, and stood outside with us in the rain for at least thirty minutes.  She was able to touch a fish, hold a minnow, and hold the fishing pole.   That day the fishing was poor, but the other few times we went out, we did well.  Posted is a picture of a 3.3 LB 19″ bass I caught the other day.

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The Great Outdoors???

June 16, 2008 2 comments

So we got home tonight from spending some time with gampa and gammaw N and I was carrying Brielle into the house.  I glanced out the back door, and saw a big rabbit in the backyard.  Knowing that Brielle would love to see the rabbit, I carried her into the kitchen, only to see our neighbor walk into our backyard pumping a BB gun, placing the tip of the barrel only inches from the rabbit’s skull, and pulling the trigger.  Luckily, it took only about two seconds for my very confused brain to realize what I was seeing before the rabbit flew into the air about two feet, spasming on its way back down, so I was able to say “OH!”, and turn Brielle away from the window.  I dropped her in the living room, asked her to stay there, and proceeded to watch our neighbor put about three more BBs into the rabbit to finally “take it down”.  I think he saw me watching, even though I tried to make it look like I was busy in the kitchen.  I’ll have to ask him how Thumper tasted…

Global Warming? Not according to the founder of the Weather Channel!

The founder of the Weather Channel gave a great presentation to the San Diego Chamber of Commerce on his take on the Global Warming Scam, as he puts it. Powerful stuff, and all very well conveyed.  He even ties the fight against man made global warming to rising gas prices.  He’s an expert, and has done his research…

http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/19842304.html

The Great Home Search of 2008 is Over

June 11, 2008 2 comments

If all goes well, and it should, we have an accepted offer on a home! It’s actually one we really liked, but I saw the taxes were WAY high, but come to find out, the house was moved into in 2006, and so the exemptions haven’t kicked in. Oh yeah, and it’s our realtor’s house. With NO info from her, we found it on our own, and set up a showing. We saw 6 homes today, her’s being the last. She fessed up and mentioned (since we would see their pictures in their house), that the last one was theirs. We loved it, and talked about it, and made an offer, which she informally accepted! Now she’ll really sell the heck out of our house. Here are some pics I took.Sorry for the poor quality and the “flipped on their side” ones…silly phone.

BIG UPDATE

June 6, 2008 1 comment

No beating around the bush today.

1) Lael is pregnant. No foolin’. Due January 25th. To be honest, it was about 6 months earlier than we had “planned” on, but in the long term, it’ll be great. We wanted to wait until Bryce was healed, so that worked out well…and this news segues into the next.

2) We listed our house yesterday, we are officially moving. We need to find another house. A bigger house. We found a great one, but unfortunately someone else made an offer on it. However, the listing agent isn’t totally convinced it will go through, so we still have a chance. If that one doesn’t work, we don’t have a backup one yet, but I’m sure we’ll find something, hopefully something nice in our price range. The one we found would be perfect for us.  [UPDATE:  We made an offer on the house we liked tonight, please pray that it goes through.  It would be a good deal if it does!  Now we just need to sell ours…]

So in summary, big changes are on the horizon for our family. Please pray for Lael’s pregnancy to go well, our home to sell quickly and at a fair price, and that we will be able to find the house God wants us in, and that everything would go smoothly and in good timing.

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The Great House Search

May 29, 2008 2 comments

Well, we’re thinking about moving.  Church is moving, I’d like to be closer to work, our friends and family are moving, and eventually, it’ll be too small.  This could be a long process, so we want to start early.  If anyone knows of any nice homes in the area up for sale, let me know.

Man, it’s so stressful.  I am doing so much pre-planning and budget crunching so I know what we can and should afford.  If we all bought the houses the lenders say we can, we’d all foreclose.

We’ve found a very nice realtor that relates well to Lael.  She’s been a teacher, and has little kids.  She was kind enough to watch Brielle tonight at the properties while Lael and I perused as best we could.  We started tonight at the top of what we want to buy, and saw one we really liked, but will probably be out of comfortable reach.  We don’t want to be stretched to get into a nice home, but the problem is, this will be a 10-15 year home, so we don’t want to get something too small.  So we’re still looking.  We looked at three, one is awesome, but probably priced where it should be and is right on the edge of comfortable.  One was overpriced and needed a lot of work, and the third was really nice with 5 bedrooms, but had a tiny kitchen.

We don’t even have our house listed, but we know what we would list it for, so if anyone is interested, drop me a line.  It would be great for three or four guys to move in together and share a payment.  Utilities are awesome, it’s a three bedroom, 1.75 bath, finished basement, water softener, 2 car garage, cathedral ceiling, etc.  Appliances would probably be included.  About 1400 SF finished, 960SF main level, 420SF basement, utility area isn’t finished.  Jimtown schools, at the back of the subdivision, low taxes, no neighbors behind the house.

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Loves Comes Softly Quote

Lael was watching a movie tonight, and I heard a quote that really struck me.  The main character lost his wife, his barn, and had to raise his daughter, Missy, on his own.  He was asked how he could love a God who allowed so many bad things to happen to him.  This was his answer.

Missy could fall down and hurt herself, even if I’m walking right there beside her.  That doesn’t mean I allowed it to happen.  But she knows, with a father’s unconditional love, I’ll pick her up and I’ll carry her.   I’ll try to heal her.  I’ll cry when she cries, and I’ll rejoice when she is well.  In all the moments of my life, God has been right there beside me.  The truth of God’s love is not that he allows bad things to happen.  It’s his promise that he’ll be there with us when they do.

Steven Curtis Chapman Tragedy

May 22, 2008 4 comments

Steven Curtis Chapman recently lost his five year old daughter to a horrible accident where his seventeen year old son hit her with an SUV in their driveway.  I can not and pray I will not ever be able to imagine what this must feel like.  One of my all time favorite songs is one he wrote about his daughters, called Cinderella.  One of the most touching moments I’ve ever had with Brielle was when she and I were dancing one night to this song.  It really choked me up thinking about “losing” her someday.  Here is the music video.  Please keep this family in your prayers.  UPDATE:  The first interview of the family since the tragedy is posted HERE.