Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • I was running a bit late for service this morning; well it was later than I normally get there, anyway.  I usually arrive at around 7:00, but this morning I arrived at about 7:30.
  • Chris greeted me in the lobby between services or before, I can’t remember.  But he was upset that he forgot to make two picks last week in the second chance league.  He will probably use that as an excuse when I come back and over take him for the league lead!
  • The worship was a little different than normal for a couple reasons.
  1. Jesse was sick so he did not sing.  Instead, Mike B. led worship and did a great job.
  2. There was no keyboard so Bill grabbed an acoustic and I played the bass.
  • That left Julie on back up vox, Josiah returned to the electric twanger, Jesse played rhythm guitar, and Alex was the beat machine and was fantastic as usual.
  • We sang “Salvation is Here”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Your Love is Extravagant”, and for communion we sang “Holy is the Lord”.
  • This was Paul‘s last Sunday with LPC.  He will be missed.  Trav took a week off from speaking as Paul was bringing the message on this his final Sunday.
  • For his encore, Paul spoke today on Jonah regarding obedience to God.  It was appropriate considering this time of change was also a time of obedience to the Lord’s call in his life.
  • He also recounted the story of his first week here at Life Pointe in which we were snorkeling for lobster in the middle of the night and his experience trying to dive without weights.  He also noted that it was only his second time snorkeling ever.  I was not aware of that at the time.
  • Paul has promised that he would blog the answers to any questions anyone would ask. I look forward to his update since it has been a while. It must be a big occasion for Paul to blog!
  • Paul speaks on Jonah in his last service with LPC.

    Paul speaks on Jonah in his last service with LPC.

For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, be sure to visit:

Ritz’s Goosfaba

Chris’ Tossed Salad

Jesse’s “From the Stage

******In other news, there is a tornado watch for all of South Florida until 8:00 PM.  They also say we could experience sustained winds tonight from 25-40 MPH and gusts up to 60 MPH.  Please be advised.******

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Saturday Top 5: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and dad treated me and Marcela to a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert.  We have been fans of Mannheim Steamroller for years, so it was such a cool concert for us.  If you are not familar with them by name, I am sure you have heard their music.  They are most popularly known for their Christmas music which is described by some as 18th Century Classical Rock.  Chip Davis, the group’s founder said he does not believe in all accoustic, all electronic, or all digital.  He wants to make music where all those converge.  So when you hear “Angels We Have Heatd on High” with tympany drums, solid brass section, and a Moog Synth, that is Mannheim Steamroller!  This list will compile my top 5 favorite Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tunes.  It is definitely one of the toughest lists for me, because there were so many great songs to choose from.

#5. Pat-a-pan – From Mannheim’s third album, this is a very percussion infused song about a little boy who received a drum for Christmas, and when he went off to war as a drummer boy, he used the drum he was given.  The song is another medieval sounding combination of flutes, percussion, and synthesizers.

#4. Deck the Halls – I would imagine this is Mannheim Steamroller’s most famous Christmas rendition.  It’s the first cut off the first Christmas album, and like many of the songs Chip Davis composed or arranged, one layer builds on another until it releases you.  Since you are already familiar with the song, the tension that builds from expecting the song to go where it does not makes the chorus more rewarding.

#3. Good King Winceslas – This may be the most rockin song Mannheim Steamroller does.  It’s also off the first album.  They take a very traditional Christmas song and lay a model with great percussion and a synth lead.  Very cool.

#2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (both the Christmas Sweet followed by the electronic version) – This is off the first Christmas album which sold over 6 million copies.  The way it comes out of the medieval sweet into the electronic synth version is one of the twists that makes this song so good.  I hope you enjoy the videos.  I found both to be more than entertaining, especially the air performance.

#1. Fum, Fum, Fum – Every time I hear this song, I want to grab a flute and dance around the room.  To me, it is the most happy and lively song from all of the Christmas songs Mannheim Steamroller does.  The composition by Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller sounds very Gaelic when in fact it is Catalan.

In conclusion, I could have listed 20 more songs that were worthy, but these were my favorites.  If you get a chance, check out Los Peces en el Rio, Faeries, the Carol of the Bells, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Hallelujah.  That’s still not enough.  Your best bet is to go out and buy a couple of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums.  My suggestion is to grab the Christmas Celebration album as it has some of their best tunes compiled on one CD.

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Friday Bottom 3: Holiday Food

These are some foods that are most commonly associated with Christmas, New Year, and Thanksgiving.  If properly made, some of these are not so bad.  They have developed a bad reputation because either they are difficult to make or people skimp on the ingredients because they are expensive.

#3.  Mincemeat Pie – Why would anyone spend as much as it would take to make this strange concoction of dried fruits, nuts, meat, spices, and (not enough) sugar.  The crust tastes good, though.

#2.  Green Bean Casserole – The truth is, this world famous holiday casserole is not bad.  The biggest problem is when you make it with everything coming from a can: canned green beans, canned of cream of mushroom soup, and canned fried onions.

#1.  Fruitcake – I have had a good fruitcake before, and it’s decent.  Unfortunately, most fruitcakes would be better described as a petrified cake.  I have heard of one fruitcake lasting for 73 years before someone tried to consume it.  On the day it was consumed, it looked like it had just been made.

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Thoughtsgiving

  • I love Thanksgiving so much.  I am so grateful to have the time available.
  • I was planning on having to work today, and I looked forward to the money that comes from double time for two days (tomorrow is also a holiday).  But I decided that a little extra money is not as nice as having the time to spend with my wife and family.
  • There is Christmas music playing in my living room, two freshly made pumpkin pies in the fridge, a ham in the oven, a broccoli casserole being prepared by Marcela, and a orange/cranberry relish being chilled.  My mom is making the turkey and dressing, Kelly is preparing the rolls, mashed taters, and sweet potato casserole.  We are going to have a grand feast!
  • Marcela and I will go out tomorrow and buy a couple of things, and I am sure it will be a madhouse.  But unfortunately, we do not have a plan except that we will look for a few DVD’s.
  • Today we will eat, watch some football, play a few board games and Wii, and hopefully get a chance to watch some Christmas specials.
  • Max just got finished running around like a mad dog.  It was funny seeing him try to keep up with the neighbor’s Belgian Malanois.  The neighbor’s dog’s name is Phoenix, and she loves Max.  But Max is so low to the ground that he has to jump up to play with Phoenix.  Phoenix is an expert fetcher, but Max is just learning.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday Quotable – Thanksgiving

Thank you Lord, for giving me such a great wife and home.  Thank you for my brother, sister-in-law, nieces, nephew, mom, dad, and all the other wonderful blessings of family.  Thank you for your provision!

Some hae meat and canna eat, –
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
~Robert Burns

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Fantasy Football Report

What’s up with this “see-saw” league? The top 3 teams lost this week, Pastor Trav is toast, Oral’s Bachrach squad has fought his way into contention, and the Turkey Buzzards made me its latest victim as a spoiler. That makes 3 in a row! The title of the leagues hottest team has been passed from me to The Buzzards.

Ritz lost his 4th, but despite the loss took over first place. Pastor Travis lost by just a few yards which he needed to make up the 1 point margin of difference. That makes a four-way-tie for first place with about 15 points separating 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Jesse’s Fuser’s have one of the lowest point totals in the league and leaves him most vulnerable to being passed by points if he loses his remaining two games while Bachrach wins his two. Not one team has secured a playoff spot technically, because Bachrach has the leagues highest point total. A two game losing skid for any top 4 team combined with 2 wins for Bachrach would equal a disastrous choke and fall from the playoffs.

The League Standings

#1. Ritz 7-4
#2. The Citizen Cane 7-4
#3. Dead Skins 7-4
#4. Fuser Heads 7-4
#5. Bachrach 5-6
#6. Skins 4-7
#7. Big Doggs 4-7
#8. Turkey Buzzards 3-8

The playoffs are not yet set in stone as you can see. It has been a competitive league with parity from top to bottom. I believe at least two teams will clinch playoff spots next week, since there are only two weeks until the playoffs begin. If Bachrach loses, all 4 top teams will clinch playoff birth simultaneously, and at the same time too.

As for Vegas Pickem, I declare myself the winner since the other three teams have given up on passing me. I had a strong week with 9 correct picks out of 16.

In 2nd Chance, yours truly was the only team to successfully pick the New Yorks Jets to defeat the Tennessee Titans. That qualifies me for genius status. I also had the best pickset of the whole group for the second time this year. I still have a shot at winning that one. Until later…

Edited to update the standings.  I am actually in second place by one point.

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The Max Factor

When Ela requests something, you better snap to it!  Seriously, Max is a funny little fella.  I came home today and he had been tucked away in his day crate which gives him enough room to play a little, eat, and do his business on a puppy pad.  But he it’s still a cage, so it’s not like he has room to run.  I let him out and he ran to the door barking at me to open the door so he could get outside.  After I let him out to the park in front of my house off the leash, he goes to take care of his duties, and runs around in the park chasing leaves anything else that moves.  A fella walks by with his Spitz on a leash and of course, Max does not meet a stranger be it human or animal.  He loves to meet other dogs especially.  So he runs to “Brutus”, the Spitz, and tries to play with him.  All the while, Brutus is looking at him like he’s crazy.  He takes off running circles around the guy with his dog and I am yelling at him to stop and Brutus is chasing Max in circles wrapping his master up in the leash.  Anyway, I met the guy and talked for a while about the association, dogs, the economy, and internet services that are now available.  He really liked Max though, and I apologized for not having Max leashed and causing the trouble.  He was really cool about it.  If only people were like that, friendly with each other that is, not the running circles and playing with each other.  🙂

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