Monthly Archives: April 2008

All the Way Thoughts

  • This concludes my Waffle House themed thoughts. I am going to have to come up with a new theme.
  • Blog traffic hit an all-time high on Saturday almost doubling my previous high.
  • Blog traffic on Sunday nearly doubled Saturday’s record traffic.
  • Traffic spiked for several reasons: The situation at Biscayne Bay with our Baptism, my top 5 annoying songs generated traffic from a Melanie Safka fan site (some of them were upset that I would state “Brand New Key” was an annoying song), and a link from a sports blog called “Heard in the Cheap Seats” linked my opinion about the Pistons loss to the Sixers and the unbeatable Boston Celtics.
  • Night shift is turning my brain to jello. I sit in a box 12 hours a night usually alone.
  • Night shift has been good in a way, because once again I can go to church every Sunday; I’m just so tired when I get off work that as soon as the 1030 service music is over I have to go home and crash!
  • I’m blogging from my BlackBerry again tonight. It’s a good thing I have this thing or the jello that was once my brain would be totally liquified.
  • Have I mentioned how much I like my BlackBerry Curve? ATT was giving a free refurbished Curve or BlackJack II with each new or extended contract. Unfortunately that deal ended today.
  • If you have a Yahoo Messenger account, feel free to add “dont_touch_the_ibis” to your friends list. That would be me, and I have messenger on my phone. In the middle of the night I get bored many times so I’m looking for someone to chat with while I am passing my 12 hours.
  • Vic is getting a little crazy about the Lakers as a 1 seed in the west beating an 8. Calm down Vic!
  • Hillary is hanging in there having won Pennsylvania by nearly 10 pts, but word on Drudge is that Pelosi, Dean, and Reid are going to try and put an end to the race and push it to Barack Obama.
  • The Texas polygamist case is going to be a nightmare statutorily for the courts, attorneys, judge(s), investigators, and case managers. How do you take a system in a small county meant to handle a handful of cases a day and throw in over 400 children and family members, and still make deadlines, ensure everyone is fairly represented, and make sure that everyone involved is qualified and not overworked?
  • The word for the week is RICE. Make sure you are stocked up! Just kidding. Seriously though, according to FOX News this morning, COSTCO and Walmart are rationing rice because some people and restaurants were buying it by the pallet. Rice is up 70% at the grocery store since this time last year.
  • Next week, I will be redesigning a few things on my blog.
  • I am still tweeting on Twitter.
  • It’s been pretty chilly and windy here at the plant around 5am.
  • Today was my mom’s birthday. Be sure to wish her a happy 29th birthday!.

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Deep Thought

“I believe in making the world safe for children, but not our children’s children.  Because I don’t think children should be having sex.”

Jack Handey

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Profiles LPC/HCOG: Frankie France

Frankie France was one of the “HCOG Volunteer Hall of Fame” members, at least in my book.  Sister France was a member of Homestead Church of God (now Life Pointe) before my dad moved to Homestead to become the pastor in the summer of 1986.  She was about 5 feet tall, and she had gray hair, and she was… hmm, how do you say… spunky!  Our first week in Homestead here at the church, Frankie told my dad that she was going to run him off.  She declared that she was the meanest!  Just five minutes or so hanging out with her and you knew that was not true!

She had a fiercely independent “can-do” style about her that is pretty much non-existent these days.  That was probably because she grew up Kentucky in without electricity, without running water in her house, and she had to ride for miles on a horse every day just to get to school.    My dad called her “The Kentucky Wonder”.  Before retiring, she managed a restaurant, so she knew lots of tricks about consolidating several small amounts of condiments into one bottle, and how to make candy, and how to fix large quantities of food for church dinners.  She always had an angle at how to do stuff.  As she was getting up in years, she was determined to be at church and to get around on her own in her car as long as she physically could.

As far as her volunteer work, as a classroom monitor she spent every school day at Pathway Christian School, which was a ministry of our church, helping the little ones learn to read and keeping the rowdy teenage boys (who were of course unlike me) in line.  Every day she would collect coupons from boxes, newspapers, mail-outs, and store papers to cut them out and and redeem them for a fraction of a penny each to the company of origin to donate some money to the Florida Boy’s Ranch.  She was always first in line to donate some canned goods for food drives even though she was on a very meager fixed income.  Anytime the church had an activity that required workers, she was there to clean up, or cook, or do her part and more to help with the work day.

One of the most endearing characteristics she had was her spunky attitude and sense of humor.  I remember one time I was leaning back in my chair at school talking to one of my neighbors when Sister France came up behind me and popped me on the head with a booklet.  She laughed and told me to get back to work.  But Sister France always had my back.  For years after we joked about her popping me in the head with the booklet, even when she was in a retirement home.  She never did really give me a hard time, although she would joke a lot about giving me a tough time.  Travis and I adopted her as our Homestead granny and she adopted us back.  I guarantee you this; if anyone messed with my dad, they would have to go through Frankie France before they got to him.  She was loyal as loyal could be.  And she always had a good joke or a story.

Due to a condition that caused her vision to deteriorate, Sister France eventually had to give up driving at night, then altogether.  Soon, she was no longer able to read her bible.  After a few years, she was totally blind and unable to take care of herself.  I regret to this day that I didn’t visit her more than I did, because every single time I went to see her in her little room at her retirement home, she would get me to laugh and joke, and we would have such a good time.  And I loved to go see her.

For years, she was an integral part of the church, tithing faithfully though she was on a very limited fixed income, and providing ladies’ meetings with some of the best jokes and nuggets of wisdom.  She exemplified the attitude that we should all have, loyal to God, her church, her pastor, and her friends, and loving God and man with reckless abandon.  About four years ago, Frankie France went on to meet Jesus.  I want everyone to remember this awesome woman who meant so much to my church, my family, and me.  I challenge each of you who read this and myself to carry on the legacy of Frankie France with faithful giving, volunteering, loyalty, dedication, and cheerfulness.  One day, I will see her in Heaven.

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NBA Playoffs are underway.

Last night, the Sixers shocked us all and beat Detroit on the road.  Honestly, nobody really saw that coming.  The 76ers finished with a losing record this year.  Detroit is viewed by some as a legitimate threat against the Celtics.  With 59 wins, Detroit has the second best record in the NBA this year, only behind the superstar-packed Celtics.  Is this win significant?  I’m not sure, but I would guess that it isn’t.  I have a hard time contemplating any team taking a healthy Boston Celtics team down this year, though.  That’s regardless of the first game loss to the Sixers. Part 1 of the Dime gives a different opinion.

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“Big hitter, the Lama”

My brother wrote about how he landed yet another awesome piece of memorabilia. I’ve hooked him up with an Alonzo Mourning (one of my all time favorite NBA players) autographed photo, Hurricane player autographs, and Victor hooked him up with some really cool stuff including a team autographed Hurricane helmet and a Dr. J autographed basketball. Now he has an autographed book from “The Lama” himself! In honor of my brother’s new stuff, I wanted to post an important message about the Dalai Lama from Mr. Carl Spackler.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup 4/20/08 Part 2

It was great for Marcela and me to hang out at our lunch table with Jesse, Reina, my mom and dad at the Capri this afternoon for the Life Pointe Membership Luncheon. Our church’s doctrinal beliefs were discussed, as was the membership covenant. Anyone wishing to join as a member was asked to commit to being a part of the church’s mission and to serve as a volunteer. Members at Life Pointe aren’t pew warmers! Our table at the luncheon talked about such enlightening subjects as Napoleon Dynamite, Dumb and Dumber, cell phone ringtones, and of course music! I was so tired that I think I drifted off while my brother was praying. It was such a good prayer, if he could have just prayed another 5 minutes I would have been totally out of it!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup 4/20/08 Part 1

  • I arrived at the theater at 7:33 AM ready to get my bass hooked up.  Everything in Pier 2 was ready to go.
  • Chris is going to Twitter one of these days.  I guarantee it!  His response? “Es posible.”
  • Music was awesome this morning, energy was high, Jesse was back in charge, and we had a great time.
  • Alex played drums in the 9AM and Mike played in the 10:30.
  • Jesse led us in Those Who Trust, Say So, Holy is the Lord, and for communion we sang Your Love is Extravagant.
  • Travis shared about the latest on the Baptism at Bayfront, and his meeting with Miami-Dade Parks. I could feel a lot of solidarity from the stage to the seats.  We have your back, too, Trav!
  • A large civil defense firm contacted the church and is willing to represent us for free if we need to go down that route.  All options are being weighed.
  • Travis brought another message in the series “Simpy Jesus” and spoke about other religions views on where Jesus is.  Apparently Jesus helped the Steelers win the Super Bowl a couple years ago.
  • With references to celestial sex and the metaphysically challenged, Travis became the Dennis Miller of the church realm.
  • More to come after the membership luncheon, I hope.

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