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The Monday Metro Zoo Madness!

Well, no more Armchair QB’s for a while.  This is your Monday blog.  I decided to take my nieces to the zoo today, and Kelly was OK with Kourtney skipping a half day of school to go with me.  McKenna and Kourtney were anticipating it for more than a week, so I hope their expectations were filled.  I doubt that it all lived up to the hype.  We didn’t get to see the chimps going nuts, which to me is the best part of the zoo.  The dog’gone monorail now costs $3 per person.  Now, nobody at all rides it (except me and the girls).  Also, the zoo added a section called the Amazon and Beyond, which was great.  The jaguar was in hiding, unfortunately.  I was really looking forward to seeing the jag.  We did get to see the tigers fed (11:00 AM they get a snack) and that was cool.  But the best part of the day for the girls was playing in the play areas.  Forget the animals, they love to slide, swing, climb, and run. Kourtney played in the water park area and loved getting soaked.  That’s so much better than some dumb gorillas or lions.  🙂

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Various Thoughts

-I enjoy this blog entry because the topics are whatever pops in my head while I write.

-There is a lot of junk in my head sometimes; it’s nice to get it out.

-I am working overtime for only the second day since September. The only other time I worked OT, it was on a call in. This time I actually signed up and got notice Tuesday that I would get the OT. This comes in very timely since I lost almost 4 hours of work last week due to training and qualification.

-Also, I’ll be working this weekend so I will not be able to join you at the theater for our weekly Life Pointe Sunday party.

-I requested two more vacation days and it was ultimately approved. I now have all of Spring Break off.

-I will be looking for a 7 day cruise to fit my scheduled time. Right now I am leaning towards MSC Cruises (The Orchestra) to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Dominican Republic.

-There are some serious deals right now, even on Spring Break. I assume that it is due to the economy. Check out Vacations To Go to see what I am talking about.

-Speaking of the economy… My stand by for my first political rant since the new prez took office.

-ACORN was accused of voter fraud in the presidential election this year and years past. In this new so-called economic stimulus package ($890 billion), $5.2 billion has been set aside for neighborhood foreclosure relief. $4.19 billion of that is supposed to go to ACORN.

-How does this pass the smell test? ACORN helps perpetrate fraud, then gets a $4.19 billion cash kickback. Like they say, “Dance with the one who brung ya.”. It makes me sick.

-Max really hates being brushed. Marcela normally does it, but I figured I would help her with that duty. I don’t want the little mop to despise her because she wants to keep his hair looking handsome.

-The little runt growled at me and then snapped when I was trying to take out a knot.

-I work Super Bowl Sunday, but I should get home before the end of the first quarter. Anybody hosting a party? Naw, you guys should be down in Plantation Key, right?

-My heart wants the Arizona Hurricanes (Cardinals) to win, but my head tells me that the Steelers are going to win this with their dominating D.

-I want Edgerrin James, Calais Campbell, and especially Antrel Rolle to win their first Super Bowl rings.

-The Edge left Indy the year before they won their Super Bowl title. I’d love to see him not only win a ring, but to be a major part of the victory.

-Last night I watched a show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on Animal Planet. I am sure they embellished a little, but the show was riveting. They told a story with reenactment of a couple who were hiking a trail in the Amazon Basin when they got lost. Using a compass, they actually went in the opposite direction because the map was flipped with North at the bottom and South at the top. They were stranded 6 days before finding their way to a river where they were rescued by a boatman. I highly recommend the show, but be warned that it contains some disturbing and mature content due to the nature of the material.

-I’ll see you at LPC a week from Sunday if not sooner!

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Saturday Top 5: Songs from 1969

Why 1969?  It was in this groovy year that the foundation for my existence was poured.  In honor of my parents’ 40th Wedding Anniversary, I give you Billboard’s Top 5 songs from 1969.

#5 Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations

#4 Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones

#3 I Can’t Get Next to You by the Temptations

#2 Sugar Sugar by the Archies

#1 Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by Fifth Dimension

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New Thoughts

-The old man known as 2008 has breathed his last breath and the little baby 2009 has been born. Little 2009 is in diapers, yet it is projected to be a monster. We shall see.

-Pet Peeve: It’s “Happy New Year” or “Happy New Year’s Day”, not “Happy New Years”. There is only one New Year at a time.

-The Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavs to make it two wins over the two best teams in each conference (Lakers were the other) over the last couple of weeks. They have already surpassed last year’s win total. That’s two Miami sports franchises turning it around from dismal records last season.

-With my work day starting as early as it does, I knew I had to go to sleep early. I tried, but every time I started to drift to sleep, someone shot a fire cracker and Max barked.

-Last night was going to be my first night in my memory in which I missed seeing in the New Year. Due to my little buddy Max, I ended up going to sleep at 12:30 AM. I did get to kiss Marcela at midnight, though.

-I finally beat Marcela in bowling on the Wii. She nearly came back to beat me, but she came up 5 pins short after I built a huge lead.

-Marcela stayed up until about 11:30 cooking her “chilis rellenos”. I ate the first one, it was most excellent!

-My sis-in-law is going camping this weekend. So I broke out my tent and some camping gear. It’s been about 3 years since I used it. While doing an inventory of the tent parts, Vivi discovered a gecko egg with a baby gecko inside. By “discovered” I mean she accidentally crushed it. NASTY!

-Go Dolphins! I am still in shock that they have made the playoffs and won 11 games.

-Marcela’s new camera I gave her for Christmas has been great. Yesterday we went to the Everglades and she took some wonderful pictures. I will be sure to load them on flckr and post the link. In the mean time, check out my twitter account to see some of the pics I have uploaded.

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Max Factor

Marcela’s sister Viviana is visiting us for a few weeks.  She has a way with animals.  So our faithful and loyal Max has abandoned us for Vivi.  She spoils him, talking to him like a baby, constantly petting him and playing with him.  He’s eating it up!  He also enjoys not being locked up during the day while I am at work.  Sunday, it became obvious that he is attaching to her for now because he sits outside of her door and barks for her to come out and play.  Well, Saturday we headed out to Biscayne National Park to walk, see the bay, and go out to the jetty.  We took Max and Marcela snapped off a picture or two.  Max loved the wind, the water, and the fresh air.  There was also a cute little girl that wanted to hug Max every time she saw him.  She couldn’t have been more than 3 years old.  Her hands were covered with lolly pop mixed with saliva, so Max got a little sticky from it.  Just like every time we take the little booger out with us, Max was a star.  Everyone wanted to talk to him or pet him.  We had 4 or 5 more people who called him a girl.  He can’t help it, but he does look like a girl.  He also got a little sea sick and barfed up his breakfast, even though he didn’t get on a boat.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • Mayhem, madness, chaos, and pandemonium could have been the words to describe the technical aspects of today’s service, the last before the new year begins.  I say could have because those words do not describe the service this morning because of the excellent work of Mike, Alex, Jesse, and Ritz.
  • The lights, sound system, and other technical equipment were out of whack before service started, but Alex, Mike, and Ritz jumped on it and fixed the situation.
  • We were short on microphones because Zech had a problem getting to church today while we all thought Zech had the equipment with him.  Alex decided to mic the bass drum, and provide Jesse and Reina with mics.  We had to scrap “It Is You” and replace it with another song.
  • Mike B was on the drums, Jesse on rhythm guitar, and I was on bass, while Jesse led vocals and Reina sang back up.
  • We sang “Point of Difference”, “Say So”, “Holy is the Lord”, and “Mighty To Save”.  For the meet/greet, Jesse did his best Darius Rucker impression while singing “Time” to welcome the new year.  It was pretty cool, except at the end we didn’t really get it down in either service.  De-d-deh deh.
  • During the message, Travis reminded us of some of the memories over the past year that were interesting, funny, touching, exciting, and wonderful.  Overall, it was just a great Sunday morning.
  • It was also cool to have some of my cousins in the second service and to go to lunch with them.  That was a treat.

For another persepective on the Sunday morning at Life Pointe in Homestead, be sure to check out these quality bloggers and their Sunday wraps when they’re posted:

Chris Day gives his Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Ritz writes a Goosfaba

Trav has a Wrap Up

Kelly makes a Chick Kabob

Jesse sometimes writes From the Stage

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Christmas Day Thoughts

-Today is my first full Christmas day on the job.
-Last year I worked Christmas Eve on night shift and spent Christmas day in a haze.
-Yesterday, Marcela and I spent the day celebrating Christmas with my wonderful parents.
-We enjoyed a day of food (brown sugar and honey glazed ham, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole), gift giving, games, and watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
-As you probably have read, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite Christmas movie, and to me is one of the greatest movies ever made.
-My mom and dad did not get each other any big Christmas gifts this year, well, not in the sense that you wrap a present and give it. They each agreed to skip that and give a child the gift of freedom. I could not be at church to see for my self, but Bill Wilson gathers resources to free children in the far east from the sex slafe. I believe the cost is around $300 dollars. What a precious gift.
-I just want to mention how much I love my mom and dad. My mom is the most giving, caring, and selfless person I know. My dad has always done everything he could to shield his children from tough times growing up. I never felt the strain of tight economic struggles, family disputes, or “hard time” because my dad made sure that while I was a child I saw the world through a child’s eyes. There were definitely hard times, I just never knew about them.
-Marcela hooked me up with a couple of great DVD’s: Iron Man and The Dark Knight.
-My mom and dad gave me tickets to Mannheim Steamroller, two pairs of flannel pants, a new thermos, a bag full of coffee goodies including a pound of my favorite St. Arbucks coffee (Italian).
-I came in to work today and I was listed on the roll as being on vacation today. I could have gone home, but it’s hard to pass up the 2 and 1/2 time.
-In a couple weeks I will have an opportunity to take the operations exam at work. If I pass, it could really change things for me.
-A friend from here at work will be studying with me so we can pass this thing.
-See you guys and gals at church Sunday. Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas! Remember the reason we celebrate. Jesus stepped into a robe of flesh, took on suffering and pain, and gave his life that we could be free. Presents, dinners, music, and movies are all fun. But Jesus is the “reason for the season”. Don’t forget it.

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