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Things Have Changed

Finally back to blogging after going through the acceptance period for seminary.  I'm using a new browser called Flock that lets you seamlessly blog and add media to your posts using a neat interface; it is pretty sweet.

A lot has happened in the last five months.  My friend got engaged and asked me to be his best man, which is just beyond awesome.  I got laid off due to the recession and Karen is now working at a food joint.  Karen and I have also joined a gym for a free month, and I'm starting to feel pretty jacked.

It has been really hard for me to look for a new job, and also hard to not be able to bring any money into the family for a little.  However, things are working out, we have some money saved, and I am somewhat confident we can get through this financial situation.  For the first time in a bit it feels like God has our backs again.  With the business starting and leaving school I never really felt like things were that great, even when things worked well.  Then stuff crashed down around us financially and I literally reached my breaking point of "this is enough" what with my lack of earning power and things just plain going wrong for Karen and I.  Like I said, I think we can get through this now, things just sort of feel better and God has felt a lot closer.

As for our new gym, it's going to be hard to leave.  Their machines are amazing, the hot tubs are huge, and the steam baths remove all worries.  I'm just going to take full advantage of that action and try to get cut for my friend's wedding this July.

I got into SMU's School of Theology, but I'm frankly confused about what to do from here.  LeTourneau has a new Air Traffic Control program (an Associate's) that would allow me to be in a field I've always love and hopefully provide me with a good amount of earning power.  I'm thinking that with starting a family sometime and the overall desire to enjoy life, I would not be able to do the Ph.D. nor would I want to be a pastor (that would make life not enjoyable).  So I'm looking serioulsy at the ATC thing now, it really all depends on the financial aid from SMU.
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Skiing Cooler Than Snowboarding

Below is a list from ESPN on the reason's skiing is cooler than boarding. I also think skiing is a lot less trendy and has more options than boarding. However, in America, we just love to be different than everyone else by being the same, thus many people snowboard. I feel bad for snowboarders, I think a lot of them just do it because their friends do or they think Tony Hawk would. If you're a boarder, the next time you fuss with your bindings before getting off the lift or sit on your ass like a homeless bum while waiting for a jump, you might think of what you miss out on, and you'll have my sympathies.

1. Skiing is Original:
Scandinavian artifacts indicate that people skied as early as 5000 B.C. Since then, skier inventions such as the metal edge, the polyurethane base and the chairlift have revolutionized snow-riding sports. Meanwhile, snowboarders, riding strong since the 1960s, revolutionized the anti-social resort experience by inventing the iPod pocket and the ridiculously gigantic headphone.

2. Skiers Go Faster:
Skiers leave snowboarders in the dust. No disrespect; it's just, like, physics. Skis offer riders a longer running surface, the stability of independent feet and a forward-facing stance conducive to a sleek, aerodynamic tuck position. Consequently, skis are the ticket to the biggest thrills, loftiest boosts, and blazingest speeds you can get without a motor.

3. Skiers Fly Higher:
In the spring of 2008, Simon Dumont (left) boosted a 35-foot cork 900, eclipsing the previous world quarterpipe height record of 32 feet, set by snowboarder Terje Haakonsen in 2007. Scandinavian skiers like Jacob Wester have repeatedly pushed the limits for height on similar features. For today's best freestyle skiers, a 15-foot halfpipe air is standard. Scared of heights? Strap on a snowboard.

4. Skiing Moguls is Fun
Moguls. They're fun: You'd have to have a heart of stone to not crack a smile while bobbing your head and wiggling your hips that much. They're fast: I mean, if you're going through them on skis. They're culturally relevant: The first Olympic mogul competition happened in 1988, the same year Sonny Bono (also a skier, R.I.P.) was elected mayor of Palm Springs. You could ride them on a snowboard, but it wouldn't be the same.

5. Skiing is Efficient:
To see how many fewer hassles skiing involves, one need look no further than the top of the chairlift. Whereas skis whisk you down the piste with ease and efficiency, snowboarding is a constant struggle of strapping, unstrapping, sitting, standing, and checking to see that your pants are properly sagged.

6. The Elite Ski:
Skiing is expensive and ski terrain is sometimes quite difficult to access. This makes it a perfect pastime for the wealthy, powerful, and famous. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the world's most powerful (physically) political leader, loves to ski. So do a host of other aristocrats including Prince Charles and Paris Hilton. Perhaps the only sport more elite is polo. But come on. Polo? (Ok this one is dumb, but it might win the d-bags over from boarding, and d-bags are people too...sometimes. God knows there is a lot of 'em that board.)

7. Skiing is Exclusive:
Sometimes you want to go where everybody shreds the same. Snowboarders, unfortunately, are stuck with skiers in all places inbounds. Skiers, on the other hand, can still resort to homogeneity in three superlative places: Mad River Glen, the most challenging mountain on the East Coast; Alta, the second snowiest resort in North America; or Deer Valley, home of the world's most expensive lunch.

8. Skiing has Better Movies:
Hollywood liked skiing in the '80s and '90s and produced a wealth of successful, stirring, ski-related films. Today's skiers get to relive Lane Meyer's hard-fought descent of the K-12 in Better Off Dead ($11 M gross earnings), TJ Burke's bittersweet Powder 8 victory in Aspen Extreme ($8 M), and all of Harkin Banks's conquests in and out of the gondola in Hot Dog ($17 M). Snowboarders are stuck with whatever happened in Out Cold — assuming anybody saw it.

9. Skiing is in the Name:
Even if you snowboard, you're snowboarding at a ski resort. Afterward, you might do a ski-shot, or some other aprés-ski activity in a ski town, but none of it will go down in a snowboard town since there's no such thing as a snowboard town. Mammoth might be the closest thing, but based on its location, it's more like a remote snowboard research colony or snowboard space station than a snowboard town.

10. Skiing Isn't Cool, and Thus is Cooler
With its cool clothes, big stars and striking resemblance to skateboarding, snowboarding has almost fully replaced skiing as the preferred way for winter-minded teenagers to fit in. Being unique, however, often results in increased coolness. Therefore, by not being as cool as snowboarding, skiing is actually way cooler.

Turkey Day

So, I have two pet peeves about Thanksgiving, and these are in fact more just personal preferences.

One, I love my Turkey brined. If it isn't, I'll still eat it, but I'll get the same look on my face that I do when I drink a Coors and I start thinking about Guinness from the tap. Nothing beats a brine for a Turkey, it really is the perfect way to cook the bird, and by golly it's the only way to go. It keeps the meat juicy and tender, adds a ton of flavor, and let's you cook the bird thoroughly without it getting dry.

That's one, two:

Tryptophan! It's in Turkey, and most people think it makes you all sleepy and lazy on Thanksgiving Day, but it does not. Swiss cheese, a Big Mac, and Pork all contain significantly larger amounts of Tryptophan than Turkey. In fact, Tryptophan is present in all kinds of meat, not just Turkey. Many feel sleepy on Thanksgiving Day because they eat such a large meal, and this directs blood to the GI system, making them feel sluggish and drowsy. So, let's not do the Tryptophan trend. Saying it's the Tryptophan is like saying cookies taste good because flour is in just doesn't add up.

Anyway, thought I'd put those down. Happy Thanksgiving All!

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Another Reason to Live in Texas

I know gas is dropping all over the country, but I saw a news story the other night that showed North Texas as having some of the lowest prices in the nation. The national average is 2.02 at the time of this post, I paid the below price the other day and walked away from the pump with a bounce in my step.


This is a Howard Stern radio broadcast, which is amazingly funny and also extremely disturbing. He went to Harlem to talk with black voters about why they support Obama, except he switched main policies and vice presidential picks between Obama and McCain. It's pretty interesting, I hope this represents just a minority of voters.

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