Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lessons from a Lifeguard

I've been swimming at the y making a fool of myself really because I don't know proper technique. I ask for tips from people that look like they know what they're doing. Everybody has been really nice especially Dan. He's a lifegaurd in the mornings and has tried to show me a few things.

When I went in yesterday I didn't feel like practicing my sweet new moves. I told him not to watch because I was going to break every rule there is to break in regards to technique. He assured me that he wouldn't laugh as I did my usual lameness and said "When the student is ready, the teacher will emerge."

Enough said - add your own application.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grace Kids

I'm helping out this morning in Grace Kids and the little guy on the left is so excited to be on stage that he's doing cartwheels!

Friday, April 17, 2009

What Classmates and Rhapsody Share

When I was in college a friend told me about a website called It was incredible that you could find people that you went to school with, reconnect, trade emails, plan reunions, and so forth. The only problem was that it cost money - that to which I did not have.

It was great until another friend a few years ago told me about mySpace / Facebook - a new kind of social network that didn't cost anything. I feel bad for classmates but it isn't hard now to see their shortsidedness.

Tonight I saw that Verizon commercial that is promoting Rhapsody which is an online database for streaming music. Right now Rhapsody has a great thing going with unlimited choices for your listening pleasure but there is one problem. You can't get it for under $10. With new websites like Pandora, Songza, LaLa, and so forth that don't charge you are becoming the standard.

Rhapsody better provide free services and let advertisers pick up the bill if they want to make it into 2010.

Go BECK to Radio!

I used to love Glen Beck when he was on the radio. I hate to be critical because Glen is hilarious and always had something insightful to say about what he was reporting on.

He seemed so much more natural as a syndicated radio host. He had a cohost on the old show that would pull up statistics and provided banter that really kept the show moving. I can't hardley watch him on Fox.

I think Glen has some social anxiousness and makes for a very nervous host. If Fox were smart they would give Glen the same feel on cable that he had over the air if they want long term viewers.

Sorry Glen.. I will come watch your Christmas show if you come to Pittsburgh.


On vacation this week with the family. The boys got their toys at grammy's while Claire elected to get the unicorn at Build a bear when we got home.

NOT Helping Old Ladies Across the Street!

As I was leaving the YMCA today there was an elderly lady crossing the parking lot struggling with her walker while dealing with a heavy bag as she made her way to the door. I was already half way across the parking lot so walking back with her to hold the door might have been a little over-kill.
I could see her grimace with every step but she still managed to give me a really big smile and a "how do you do?" as I passed as if to say I'm not going down without a fight. I have to say that I was inspired by her determination to get up, get dressed, gather items for the Y, park the car, and walk through the parking lot which seemed to be a workout in and of itself.

I know it sounds like a lame response for not helping her "across the street", but I feel in not doing so gave her the dignity she deserves just for making the effort.


55"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (New International Version)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Gettin Ripped

We are at some candle factory outside of where I grew up. For the last 20 minutes this lady has been ripping it up on a rip stick in the parking lot. I would say she is in her late 40's and I can't tell if she is with her family. She's doing pretty well I must say.

Mamie and Papa

At cracker barrel with my grandparents. There is no where else I would rather be right now.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Prayer

Jesus, we owe you everything and nothing. Thank you for my family, good music, homemade peanut butter cups, friendship, nostalgic glances of a good heritage, and a hope of eternity devoid of love handles, death, competition, lame Burger Kings that try to save penny's by purchasing whole-sale week old buns, and sciatic pain. My Redeemer lives!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Marley & Me

Beka and I just finished "Marley and Me". I must say that this movie had the best soundtracks I've heard in quite some time. A movie that opens up with "Shiny Happy People" is bound to be a great flick! There was a remake of "Lithium" done by a guy named Bruce Lash. If you were hard core Nirvana it will seem disrespectful but I was a Pearl Jam man so I didn't mind.

Great movie - but my throat is sore from an hour long lump in the throat. I won't spoil it but I would recommend it if you are a dog lover or not.

Pocket full of Cadbury

We had a great night at church tonight with many decisions for Christ! We have such a great group of people at Grace. Tonight Sarah Mawhinnie have me a homemade peanut butter egg meant for me and Beka. I am shocked it made it out of the car!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wizza round 2

We are here at the Fawcetts playing some games, and eating some food. I think I just blinded Jason with the flash from my camera.

Sunrise Assisted Living

I would take another picture but even on silence the flash on my phone still makes a noise. I'm trying to be quiet here at the sunrise assisted living home where we are here helping some friends with an Easter Service.
These folks aren't as old as I used to think. I remember going to "Uncle Bob and Aunt Betty's house "when I was a kid for chili every week. Its hard to imagine most of these folks are younger than they were. I feel older today and more vulneralble to aging.

Monday, April 6, 2009

My first wreck

When I was a senior in high school I was heading to a friends house in my dads car which was just like this one I saw the other day in Cranberry and wrecked it. It never rode the same.. Sorry dad - oh yeah happy birthday!

I scream for ice cream - litterally

Dave and Andy's ice cream - Oakland. Getcha' some!

Cool cafe at Shady Side

Anybody been here? I think the garage door is pretty cool.

Cold pup

I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this but he was thrashing around so much with a piece of ice stick to his face after it fell out of the freezer that I couldn't.

Old Economy

Me and the kids went driving through Old Economy on Saturday and saw this old foodland closed up. Its pretty sad to see places like this that you know used to be a thriving area. I try not to get to upset though - buildings serve a purpose for a while until they are no longer needed.

Friday, April 3, 2009

New Website for the Summit - Grace Youth -

While I'm getting the hosting figured out you can check it out and let me know what you think so far about it.  For now go to   It isn't all the way done but you will get the idea.