Monthly Archives: July 2008

Thought bearing lobster

  • I woke up this morning at 5:50 AM on my day off: the phone was ringing. My work was calling to find out if I wanted to come in to work. Not today!
  • I was expecting the call to be from Dave to make sure I was up and ready to go for a day of lobstering. Dave called at 6:30 AM to let me know he was heading out of the plant.
  • I was glad that Dave would take the time to go out there with me, since Trav ditched me to visit the family in Louisiana. 🙂
  • We loaded up the car, grabbed a couple of Jolt Ultra’s and a cooler of ice, and headed to Card Sound road.
  • We had a great time, but after about 2 1/2 hours in the water, we caught only 1 lobster (short) and found about 5 large lobster carcasses. We did see one stone crab, quite a few large snook, some mangrove and schoolmaster snapper, a couple shark, and even some drum. No keeper lobster though.
  • A couple of guys in a nice Angler 204 with fishing rods came over to see how we were doing, and they ID’d themselves as FWC. I guess they were undercover. They couldn’t believe we were not from a boat, considering that we were quite a way from the bridge. After they saw that we had our flag, our gages, and we were in the legal side, they wished us good luck and went on their way.
  • Dave is a maniac, the guy was climbing up in the mangrove roots. I kept getting tangled in the dive flag line and my legs got a little itchy from what I think were jellyfish. I will go back in a few days to do some snapper fishing and try again for some lobster (August 6 is the regular season opener).
  • Due to my wheeling and dealing at work, I now have to work 4 straight to make up for my miniseason time off.
  • Tonight, Dave and his family are coming over for some chicken and burgers on the Q. I think we will play the Wii too.
  • I spent some good times this week watching movies and going to the mall with Marcela. I still didn’t get to see Hancock yet. Maybe Tuesday.
  • The blogroll/links section of the blog have been updated. Also, I have created a “Top 5” page to make it easier to find all of my Top 5 lists.
  • Tomorrow, I will unveil a new weekly feature.  It will be a fun one.
  • On a different note, the economy grew at 1.9% in the last quarter, oil prices are dropping faster than ever in history, and faster than they grew. But if you watch the news, you would swear we are in a recession.
  • The violence against our troops is at an all time low in Iraq, but you hear absolutely nothing positive in the news. Apparently the mainstream news outlets do not report good things, especially if they reflect positively on Bush administration or the Republican party.

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Wednesday Quotable

To each of us, our problems seem so great.  In a sense, they are, because only we experience our own problems.  We hear of other people’s tragedy and hard times and give it a brief thought, then we go about our lives.  Many times we go on complaining and whimpering about our issues while we really do not have it bad.  Socrates, the Greek philosopher is credited with a great line that is so relevant.

If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.

– Socrates

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D

Another movie review? Yea, I took Marcela up to Cobb at Dolphin Mall to catch another movie yesterday. We originally planned to see Hancock, but the 3D showing of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” caught our eye. Marcela had never been to a full length 3D movie, and I have been in the mood to watch family movies and adventure flicks so I was glad to check this one out.

Here are some of my thoughts on this movie:
We had a lot of fun just watching this movie and enjoying the 3D tricks. After the movie, my eyes became a little 3D weary and I got a slight headache, but that usually happens to me with 3D effects. The story was not at all deep (it was very loosely based on Jules Verne’s sci-fi novel of the same name but the characters used Verne’s novel as a guide underground). There wasn’t much in the way of acting, but Josh Hutcherson did do a very good job as a young teen actor playing the part of the nephew of geologist/professor Trevor Anderson. Trevor’s brother (the father of Sean) has been missing for 10 years. He disappeared while doing field research on seismic activity in Iceland. Brendan Fraser (the professor) delivered one cheesy line after another and pulled off his typical likeable portrayal of a lovable and somewhat sloppy bachelor character that he seems to play often. You must completely toss reality out the window in this movie to avoid being frustrated. For one of many possible annoyances with the lack of realism, the temperature in the world under ground is ranging from 85 to 120 degrees throughout their journey, yet they are barely breaking a sweat, they look like they are in the AC, and nobody has access to water. That said, the 3D effects and fun fantasy adventure made this an enjoyable kid movie, and was worth watching in the theater. Without the 3D, the movie was not worth admission. On the family-friendly side, this movie was very clean with the closest to a curse word being Fraser’s character exclaiming “look at all this shist” referring to some rock formation. It could be a little scary at times for a small child, but for kids over 6, I couldn’t see this being too bad. As a movie I would give this about 2.5 out of 5 points, but as a 3D movie, I would bump that up to a 3.5 out of 5.

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WALL-E

WALL-E has been alone on earth for 700 years, and he's lonely.

WALL-E has been alone on Earth for 700 years, and he's lonely.

Last night, Marcela and I caught the late showing of Disney-PIXAR’s WALL-E.  I had heard some good reviews about the movie, and the Internet Movie Data Base currently has a very high user rating for the movie.  The official movie site has some cool games, character background, and trailers.  This movie was very thoughtful, even showing that the more attached we become to technology, the less we are able to care for ourselves.  The movie focuses on a robot named WALL-E (Waste Allocation Lift Loader, Earth-Class) whose directive is to clean up the trash on Earth one little cube at a time.  Apparently he is the only robot left on the planet who is functional.  After all these years, he has developed a glitch which is a personality.  He repairs himself with spare parts from all the other “WALL-E” units that have broken down and has become a bit curious about things.  This leads him to become a pack-rat.  It’s also the first movie that I can think of in which a cockroach becomes a lovable character.  The animation is done as well as any movie I have seen before.  For the rest of the story, you will have to watch it yourself.  It’s a film that is completely family/kid friendly but is enjoyable for the adults to watch as well.  Marcela and I recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, love stories, technology, and “Disney stuff”.

If you want more info on this movie, this guy does a more detailed review that’s worth a look.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • Made it to the theater for Church by 7:33 AM, 3 minutes later than I was supposed to. Jesse, Bill, Mike, and Rebecca were there before me, along with the set up guys.
  • Zech brought a friend today who is multi-talented in a big way. The kid is a “speed metal” banger on the drums, plays some mean electric lead, and also slaps the bass like a pro. I heard he also is pretty dern good on the keyboard too! I am looking forward to playing along side him in the future.
  • In the first service, Ritz drummed, Bill was on the electric, Rebecca on the keys, Jesse lead from acoustic guitar, and I played bass. Kyle, Nyrian, Julie, and Reina sang back-up.
  • The music today was fun to play. In the corporate worship, we sang “Better Days”, “Friend of God”, and “Enough” and for Communion we sang “God of Wonders”. For greeting Jesse led in “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2. The worship was energetic and I could really sense that people were calling out for more of Jesus.
  • After worship, Jesse introduced Paul with a very exciting introduction, to which Paul responded by calling him a “midget Santana who sings like Bono”.
  • The Bumper video on the topic of anxiety featured Alex Santoyo, and was downright hilarious. The best part is Alex stating that he is tri-lingual and speaks Charlie Brown…”Wah wah wah”.
  • Travis spoke on the funk of anxiety. It was very relevant to today’s lifestyle and issues.
  • The youth also had another bake sale and Vic donated a Ken Dorsey autographed Miami Hurricanes helmet to help send kids to youth camp. Kudos to Vic for an item that will alone send more than 3 kids to youth camp!

For a different perspective on this morning’s service, be sure to check out:

Chris’s Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Pastor Travis’ Wrap Up

Kelly’s Chick Kabob (Which will be updated shortly!)

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Saturday Top 5: Drummers

This week’s top 5 is going to count down the 5 greatest beat machines.  You know I love Rock, so if you are wondering why (rightly so) all the drummers are not jazz drummers, you already have your answer.  The criteria?  It’s whoever I say it is.  If you feel I have left someone out, feel free to leave your selection in the comments.

Honorable Mention:

John Bonham – His solo on Moby Dick is by far the most notorious rock drum solo!  And he played with a wooden kick mallet.  The version linked to his name is a live version that’s quite different from the studio version.

Phil Collins – Could have and almost did make my top 5 list.  Musically, he is probably the most talented of everyone mentioned in this blog entry.  It’s almost impossible to make a top 5 list with this much talent out there.  IT’S NOT FAIR!

Stewart Copeland of The Police – Stewart took several disciplines and genres (punk, classic rock, reggae, Arabic percussion) and rolled them into Rock and Roll!  He could be a little frenetic, but nobody questions his talent.  I love listening to his live versions of “Message in a Bottle” and “Can’t Stand Losing You“.

#5Jeff Porcaro of Toto – Some say he was the best rock drummer.  He could have very well been the best.  Of course, he is most famous for his Rosanna shuffle beat, but he had more to offer than one trick!

#4 Neil Peart of Rush – The best way to describe Peart is big.  This guy is pure ROCK and his kit was sweet.  If you want to learn Rock and Roll drumming, grab “A Work In Progress“.  This is the ultimate in dissecting the drummers role and the drum part.

#3 Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band – Doggonit!  This dude is just incredible.  Supersonic.    Complex.  Skilled.  Talented beyond words.  DMB would not be the same without this guy, IMO.

#2 Steve Gadd studio drummer for Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, The Manhattan Transfer, and many many others – Like the #1, Gadd was a jazz drummer, but he was a Rock Legend as a big part of one of the most notorious Jazz/Rock bands ever, Steely Dan.  This guy is so smooth!

#1 Buddy Rich – The only one I could let into my top 5 who was not a Rock and Roll legend, Buddy was the greatest of the greatest drummers.  He was the Pele, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Bjorn Borg of the drums.  He was one of the rare cases of a great musician who’s fame was matched by his talent.

There you have it.  Who did I leave off?

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Friday Top 5: Top 5 lists you will not see on this blog

For those that expect your Saturday Top 5, this one is a little early. You will still get your Saturday Top 5. These are the Top 5 “Top 5’s” that you will not find on this blog.

#5 The Top 5 Things the government does well. The problem is that I can only think of about 3 or 4, if they are good things. I could post a Top 20 list if I was going to include things like “Invading Privacy”, “Spending money like a chick with a credit card” (chicks, please don’t get mad), creating massive bureaucracies, etc.

#4 The Top 5 brands of jeans. That one works for me on a couple levels. I am a guy, and I am only worried about whether they will hold up and whether they will fit comfortably. I don’t care about much else, especially not the color and shape of the little leather patch over the back pocket. Are Jordache still popular?

#3 Top 5 hip hop dance moves. So I was thinking, I probably wouldn’t have the top 5 line dance moves, or ballet steps either. But they would probably be a little more likely than the Hip Hop.

#2 Top 5 ways to prepare cat for dinner. I only know of two ways to prepare a cat for dinner. You can say “here kitty, it’s dinner time!” Or you could just serve it with noodles and chop sticks.

#1 Top 5 favorite episodes of Friends. Kelly loves the TV show “Friends” and has even gotten Trav to believe that it is funny at times. I have probably watched a full 5 or 6 episodes from start to finish, and 2 of them were with Kelly and Trav.

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Friday’s Greatest Hits

This is the best of the best from the previous 7 days. The prestigious EIB (for Excellence in Blogging) will be awarded to my favorite entry of the week. **For the record, I was thinking about waiting until the end of the day to post this so Chris would have to do his homework and that way we might have a totaly different list. But then I decided that I really don’t mind if he copies my post. I would actually consider it a complement.

Pastor Travis blogs about how busy it is this Summer when you would think there should be some calm. The question: What do you do to rest when you are busy?

Kelly shares her story about losing her keys and gives some perspective on life.

Chris writes about another awesome Sunday at Life Pointe in his award winning Sunday Tossed Salad in which he felt the message was spoken directly to him.

Bill gets nostalgic talking about his house growing up and the reality the memories his visit home brought back.

Jesse wins the EIB award for this post that reads like a M. Night Shyamalan movie. Just when you think he’s announcing that TSP is breaking up, he turns it all on its head!

Ritz gives us a glimpse into his twisted mind with his Dark Knight edition of the Goosfaba.

Rebecca shares a funny but embarrassing true story about falling skirts, hip hop dancing, and bean burritos.

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Thought Roll

-This week has been a blast. Marcela returned from her trip out west and we have been able to spend a lot of time together.

-Tuesday, we headed over to one of my favorite places, Brandsmart. I found a great deal on a stainless grill.

-Brandsmart has a no return, no exchange policy on their BBQ grills because some boneheads in the past were buying them for the Super Bowl and returning them after the game.

-I still haven’t even opened the box but here are the details. It’s a 68 inch 45,000 BTU grill with cast iron grill plates, stainless steel outer shell, 5,000 BTU side burner with a griddle.

-My goal is to set up the grill on Saturday and break it in that night. I am going to part with my old grill that needs a little minor work if anyone is interested.

-I watched “There Will Be Blood” last night. Daniel Day Lewis is an amazing actor. I don’t really understand the purpose of the movie, other than that greed destroys people.

-I think my brother has forsaken me, so I will be lobsterring with someone else on Wednesday and Thursday. I do have a plan for a very productive day. We will see!

-I will enjoy three days off as the overtime is zero for this weekend. That means I will see you at church. I can’t wait!

-National Polls are showing that 48% of the USA thinks McCain is a safer choice for president, while 41% think Obama is. Yet the same poll claims that Obama is leading McCain is losing in the head-to-head with Obama 47% to 41%.

-Marcela was reflecting on how she liked Estelle Getty’s character from “Golden Girls” in the wake of her passing. I have to say that “Golden Girls” was one of the least interesting and most annoying shows! Sorry to all GG fans, but that’s the way it is. Estelle Getty RIP.

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Wednesday Quotable – The Road Not Taken

Some things are not as they seem. “The Road Not Taken” has served as inspiration for individualism, but poet Robert Frost meant it to be sarcastic and satirical. He actually laughed at the meaning ascribed to his poem. Enjoy it!

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

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