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Dragons 2.0

March 30, 2008 Leave a comment
I coach my daughter’s softball and basketball team. We go to all the school functions. We go out to eat at night and take the kids to the movies. We try to be as normal as we can.Tim McGraw
 
The new season is upon us! 
 
Under the watchful eye of coach Dave…

Coach Dave

…we enter our third year of softball, the second as "The Dragons".  Like all packaged products, the second major release has promise of having the kinks worked out, new features added, and a few buggy ones removed.  (Dohhhh)

Number 10

The team is looking pretty good this year.  As a father of number 10 of course I am biased but as part of the coaching staff I can say that the Dragons are looking good and it is going to be a very good season.
 
Yesterday we played at the Jamboree.  Final score 5-8.  The Tornadoes came back at the bottom of the last inning.  For the first official game on the field I think we played pretty good.
 
Play Ball!
 
 
 

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Categories: TeamBlank

Crossing the Line

March 28, 2008 1 comment
He will hew to the line of right, let the chips fly where they may.Roscoe Conkling
 
This is just cool…

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Line Rider is a Flash game/thing where you can draw lines and the sled boy will ride the lines.  The laws of nature are fully engaged.
 
To see the potential check out these videos…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A couple other fun and education sites to check out:
 
 
Categories: High Speed, Low Drag

Lessons Learned

March 24, 2008 Leave a comment
For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression.Vladimir Kramnik
 
First things First – Happy Easter!
 
A week of no media.  A not so in depth recap:
 
Monday night we were busy at friends and so the idea of no media did not seem very real.  Tuesday however I got home from work and a nice sit on the couch with the news on would have been a great way to deflate.  Instead the TV was grey and I missed the normal "noise" that came from it.  I actually found it a bit unnerving that I could not unwind while zoning out on the TV.
 
The neighbor kids came over and had less options.  It was Lego, cars, or crafts instead of the normal DS, DVDs, or Xbox.

Dolls

 
Abbe took me into the "Upper Deck" (that is the officially name for my office and our home school room) and showed me the creations she had been working on.  Sewing… that is odd I thought.  Very "Little House" like.  Having no DS or TV brought out a new side of Abbe that I had not seen for a while.
 

Chess

 
Wednesday I saw something else new.  Gabe and Abbe were trying to play chess.  They did not really have all the rules down but they were still looking for new things to do that were not on their normal list.  Later that night Gabe actually beat me at a game.  I of course was not being 100% aggressive but I did end up getting cornered and I had no place to go.  The next day Gabe and Zack (a neighbor) actually played chess for a couple hours.
 
Thursday night we had a great evening with board games on the carpet. 
 
Trish’s mom came up Friday with 2 of her grandbabies.  They are almost 2 years and the other 6 months.  We spent a lot of time "watching" them as well as chasing after them. 
 
This morning (Easter Sunday) we woke up and both my kids had low grade fevers.  I guess having a media fast end on the same day that my kids have been on the couch all day not moving a muscle shows how great God’s timing is.
 
The bottom line message of the week for me is that we have a lot of other things to do besides TV and Computers.  I don’t think I will be trading my Rock Band drum sticks in for knitting needles any time soon but I do think shutting down the systems now and then is a good idea.
 
I am off to watch my recorded LOST episode…
 
 
 
The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.  – Basil C. Hume

Categories: WWJD

I Give Up!

March 17, 2008 Leave a comment
I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.Frank Butler
 
Today is Palm Sunday.  We were challenged this morning at church to give up a couple specific things next week (starting in an hour and a half).
 
In the past Trish and I have given up coffee and pop and other things we enjoy and are used to partaking in too much.  40 days caffeine free was not as hard as I thought it would be.  I did it for several years.  This year I did not even think about lent until we got to church this morning.
 
The challenge – No TV or video games for one week.  Hmmm, I like my TV and my recent addiction to Rock Band is part of my nightly routine…
 
We discussed it and TeamBlank decided that we are all in.  To make it clear we listed the things that we consider TV or video games.
 
The List
  • TV
  • Video Games
  • Computer Games
  • Recorded TV
  • VHS, DVD, or Betamax
  • Streaming video from the web
  • Xbox Games
  • Nintendo Games
  • Nintendo DS
  • Bubbles or other Pocket PC Games on Trish’s Trio
  • Moto-Racer and anything else I have on my mobile phone.
  • Twitter.com – Yes Twitter is like a game to me!  (Bob are you with me brother?)
  • All social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace
  • This blog – If it is digital and too fun I will be adding it to my list
  • Extra email to fill the gap

Specific things that are digital or media I will be keeping

  • Doing my job – Requires a PC
  • Email in the evening but not too exceed the must have
  • Music – While working or driving – not Rock Band!

The Grey Area

  • My Garmin 76CSx – I have a caching trip planned Saturday morning.  GPS was not on any list I saw!

 

That is about it I guess.  My last blog and my last tweet for a week.  I got my fill of Rock Band earlier today and I am going to head upstairs now and watch TV until 11:59.

If you are looking for a service this Sunday please feel free to join us.

He Reigns

http://www.canyonhillscommunitychurch.com/

 

Categories: WWJD

Spanaway Moonshiners

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.Adam Smith

I woke up at 6:30 this morning to head to a "High Performance Swapmeet" in Puyallup.  We rode in style…

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Branden drove.  Since my TJ cut off the back half of his rig in the picture above I also added his mod blue prints to this post.

The swapmeet cost ten dollars to get into (when did that start happening?)   

We saw a lot of new and used parts, some rigs that were fixed up pretty nice, and a few rigs that looked like relatives of my first jeep…

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I found a few things I need (2 D rings and a new tow rope) and a few things I would like to have… but mostly I had a good time walking around the fairgrounds with a couple buddies and a lot of Jeeps.  When I saw the older rigs it made me think that having a project car would be fun.  Of course my old Willys sat for 20 years and I never touched it, so I doubt a project car is in my near future.

We tried for 2 caches on the way home, found one and got skunked on the other. 

Another highlight was the biscuits and gravy.  I also found out that Tony is not fond of Tabasco sauce.  (I still used it but in moderation).

If an early morning drive to a swapmeet doesn’t sound like fun to you don’t worry…

JJUSA003G

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JEEPTHING

It’s a Jeep thing… You wouldn’t understand!

 

Categories: Jeepin

Run to the Hills!

March 7, 2008 Leave a comment
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. Nicholas M. Butler
 
Recently you heard me mention Guitar Hero as well as Rock Band on the XBox 360. 
Today I really want to just share a song from my childhood, a song that has new meaning now that I can see it played by a 5 star expert on Rock Band.
 
Please prepare to be amazed!
 
Rock Band Drums…
 
Rock Band Guitar…
 
One day you may see a post where I have the skills, talent, and rockin excellence to be this good.
 
Your Welcome,
 
Gamertag:  GeoBlank
 
 
 
 
Categories: Gadget Factor

Christian or Golfer?

March 1, 2008 1 comment
Golf… is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.P. G. Wodehouse

 
It never fails that during an election year many people are talking about the liberals and conservatives and what they "believe".  Everyone wants to get votes so they all are religious but not "too" religious.  At present we have a Methodist and a United Church of Christ person on the left and 2 Baptists on the right.  For a while there was a Mormon, and a couple Roman Catholics in the running.
 
I was thinking about a simple question and what each of them would have said as their answer.  A dialog may have gone something like this…
 
Me – Are you Saved?
Them – Saved?
 
Me – Are you a Christian?
Them – I am Catholic. (Using Rudy as my example…)
 
Me – I did not ask what church you attend.  Are you a believer?
Them – I believe in God.
 
Me – Is Christ your Lord and Savior?
Them … I go to church every Sunday and do a lot of things my church.
 
Me – Do you Golf?
Them – What?
 
Me – …
 
Well, golf is like a lot of religions out there.  People spend a great deal of time on the course, I have an uncle who I think would play every day if he could and probably twice on Sundays.  There is a specific set of routines you do every time you go.  Everyone kind of does the same thing and some people probably do not even know why they are doing it.  Some people get so good at golfing that they really don’t even have to think about it.  It feels like a nice club to be in (like the Elks, or Moose I imagine).  Some people even say they feel close to God when playing (and I know that some times his name is used….).
 
Me – Yes I have a point and it should be as clear as that sand trap your balls are in.
 
There are many different golf courses you can play and even different variations of golf, take crochet for example.  Not all courses lead to the same pin.  Not all pins should be your target.  There is only one Pin worth aiming for.
 
My prayer –
  1. My family and friend regardless of the brand of religion they may choose that they would find a real relationship with Christ.
  2. My family and friends who know more about golf than God, that they would also seek and choose God.
  3. People who feel like they are playing the game right and don’t have a clue that they are a million miles from where they should be.
 
  
 
Categories: WWJD