Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sweep the Leg

If you remember the "Karate Kid" you will remember the 'bad guy' was a kid named Johnny - he was part of the Cobra Kai - who had the motto of "no mercy"... Well William Zabka, the guy who played Johnny has put out a video - It is hilarious! You HAVE to wait till the end - pay close attention to the rollerblader and the driver!


In the 'making of the video' they show that during the fight scene all the original cast is present (minus one person).

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Angels are in the outfield... and infield... and PLAYOFFS!


The mighty Angels have won!

Admittedly I am NOT a huge sports fan. BUT, there are two teams that I ALWAYS follow...

The ANAHEIM ANGELS (ok, you LA fans, you can get on board with them too) and the all-time BEST, #1 rated College Team, the mighty men of Troy - USC Trojans!

Both of my teams are doing FANTASTIC this season! Go TEAMS!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

24 SPOILER....

I don't mind spoilers -I hope you don't either...

but, with all the speculation of the upcoming season 7 going a *different* direction... I found this post and thought I would share some of it with you all....

Day 7 will take place in Washington, D.C., with Jack Bauer on trial. Chloe
O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) will be around,
no doubt in support of Jack, but otherwise, Kiefer Sutherland will be surrounded
by a largely new cast, including (as previously announced) a fed played by
Janeane Garofalo and a president played by Cherry Jones.

Cherry Jones (President Allison Taylor).

Best news... Ms. Janeane Garofalo is NOT the president.. she is playing a FED named Janis Gold.

Here is the IMDb listing of Season 7 Episode 1. You can see the full cast of this episode.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Prepare yourself!


(Will Jamie be able to contain herself???)

Apparently the door was left open for Tony to return - source

Ok, so this coming season is really going to be interesting...
Season 7 premieres January 13th & 14th and Tony returns!

Fox released:

With CTU dismanteled, the show's setting moves to Washington D.C., where
Jack Bauer faces trial for his actions in the pursuit of justice. Bauer's day
gets off to a shocking start when former colleague Tony Almeida, last seen in
Day 5, returns after being left for dead by a terrorist conspirator in CTU's

Tony & Jack - Friends!

It's Official!

I am now an employee of the Reformed Church In America.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Cars I have owned

I had a bad habit of leasing my cars. I felt that I needed a new car every 2 years. My wife cured me of that rather quickly.

These are the cars that I have owned.
You know about my first car... The Duster!

Honda Civic

Toyota Celica Supra

Buick Riviera (and people don't believe I'm Mexican)

Isuzu Rodeo

Volkswagen VW SuperBeetle

GMC 1500 Sierra
(mine was blue)

Saturn Sc2

Pontiac Firebird convertable

Chrysler Town & Country

GMC Safari

Dodge Intrepid

Dodge 2500 Quad cab

My favorite cars were the Duster & the Intrepid.

What cars have you owned? Which is your favorite?

My first

My first car...

....1974 Plymouth 340 'Duster.... Balanced and Blueprinted -V8, 4 barrell, 325hp, 3.23:1 rear end, torqueflite tranny, limited slip differential, 4 speed automatic, front disc brakes, 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds, 1/4 mile split was 14.5 @ 95 mph. Top speed 120mph (which I did quite frequently, over the Vincent Thomas Bridge)... Gosh, I miss those days... of course, gas was only $1.20/gal. (1980).

The car lost it's life in 1984 when I T-boned a toyota on Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance. The idiot turned left right in front of me and I couldn't brake quick enough and slammed into the tin can going 45mph. My car was scavenged for parts...

(a representative photo as there are no pictures of my car. I was very surprised to find this photo as it is nearly an exact match to my car - I blacked out the bumpers so the car would not reflect any light at night!)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

You should know how by now

Popular mechanics posted a list of the top 25 skills every man should have...

Here is the list:

1. Patch a radiator hose

2. Protect your computer

3. Rescue a boater who as capsized

4. Frame a wall

5. Retouch digital photos

6. Back up a trailer

7. Build a campfire

8. Fix a dead outlet

9. Navigate with a map and compass

10. Use a torque wrench

11. Sharpen a knife

12. Perform CPR

13. Fillet a fish

14. Maneuver a car out of a skid

15. Get a car unstuck

16. Back up data

17. Paint a room

18. Mix concrete

19. Clean a bolt-action rifle

20. Change oil and filter

21. Hook up an HDTV

22. Bleed brakes

23. Paddle a canoe

24. Fix a bike flat

25. Extend your wireless network

I can actually do all these things and have done them... well, retouching photos - not so much. Can't really think of a need unless you are a 'graphic designer' or single... but I know how.

This list started me thinking - what skills do you acutally *need* these days? Has our society progressed so much that basic, life sustaining skills (hunting/gathering) are no longer *that* necessary. Who needs to hunt for dinner when it is far easier to drive through McDonalds (by the way I do not eat fast food, i.e. McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, KFC, etc.. - so that was more of an illustration than a statement of fact from my perspective)!

Why do you need to know how to build a fire, just flick a switch and it comes on, or pour that firestarting juice on the briquettes and viola ~ fire!

Are the basic skills needed today all related to technology? How about basic handwritting skills? Math skills? Manners and etiquette? We all know that thx 2 txting sp isn't needed. I need a translator!

How about you? What do you think?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ellen's video

In a small attempt to get in touch with the liberal community I watched the Ellen Degeneres show yesterday. (side note: yuk!) She showed this video, which I did find entertaining.

As far as content goes... there really wasn't any. Now I have to spend the rest of my day listening to Rush Limbaugh. Equal time and all...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

24 shakeup?!?! NO, pleeeease...

While reading through my normal bloglines links I find numerous articles that outline the upcoming 'season 7' of 24.... and I am a bit apprehensive to say the least.... It appears as though the BEST SHOW ON TV has been overthrown by liberal terrorists (liberalorrists)!

Read for yourself!

POPWATCH : A new direction for 24 - "Given the supposedly leftish turn 24 is taking this season — environmentally friendly production practices, a female U.S. president (Cherry Jones), and hiring Janeane Garofalo* ..."

POPWATCH: '24' fights the terror of global warming - "Very mild spoiler alert about the new season of 24, set to be unleashed next January: "When appropriate," according to the Fox website, season 7 will incorporate "the issue of global warming and the importance of carbon emission reduction into storylines."

The New Republic: How Liberal can "24" get? Flower Bauer - "First, producers cast a female president. Then they struck a plan to make the show's production more environmentally friendly, leading to a "carbon-neutral" season finale."

Hecklerspray: Janeane Garofalo makes 24 slightly less right-wing - "We don't think we've ever been so scared in all our lives. 24 - the world's favourite super right-wing thriller where nothing exists that can't be solved by a bullet to the kneecap and some high-voltage water torture - might be going liberal."

I also found this - which is HILARIOUS...

Here is the "spoofed" script.
written by: Daniel Chun is a writer for "The Simpsons."

EPISODE 1: 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Int. CTU - day


JANIS GOLD Our source tells us that the terrorists' plan is blow up Broward Dam. This would create mass flooding, cut power to the entire state, and destroy the habitat of the tidewater goby.

JACK BAUER Dammit! Without that goby, what will our local heron population eat?

JANIS GOLD Try not to think about that.

JACK BAUER I can't help it! Every link in the food chain matters!

Jack punches his hand through a wall.

JACK BAUER (CONT'D) Chloe, get me a schematic of the dam's facilities.

CHLOE O'BRIAN I'm on it. Let me power up my computer.

Chloe mounts an exercise bike connected to a power generator into which her computer is plugged. She pedals furiously. Her computer slowly boots up.

JANIS GOLD We don't have much time, Chloe! Pedal harder!

Chloe pedals harder.

JANIS GOLD (CONT'D) (to Jack, proudly) Did you know that just ten minutes of pedaling powers her computer for an hour?

CHLOE O'BRIAN Not to mention burns calories and improves my heart health.

Jack nods, impressed and a little inspired.

Int. Dam control room - day

A DAM WORKER, soaking wet, is being held down by two LACKEYS.

TERRORIST #1 enters.

TERRORIST #1 Has the American told us how to disable the safety override?

LACKEY #1 He won't talk.

TERRORIST #1 Continue the waterboarding.

The lackeys move to shove the dam worker's head into a tub of water. He struggles.

DAM WORKER Please, please! Wait!


DAM WORKER Are you gonna just dump this water after you torture me?

TERRORIST #1 Of course not. We have an extensive grey water system. The water will be fed to the shrubbery back at the hideout.

DAM WORKER Okay, great. Carry on.

The lackeys hold the dam worker's head underwater. He struggles violently. After a few seconds, he is pulled up.

DAM WORKER (CONT'D) (gasping) Cuz we only have one Earth, you know?

The terrorists murmur their agreement. The lackeys hold the dam worker under again. He flashes the thumbs-up.

EPISODE 9: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Ext. Street - day

TERRORIST #2 frantically looks for a means of getaway. He runs up to a car at a red light and opens the DRIVER's door.

TERRORIST #2 What kind of car is this?

DRIVERT- Toyota Camry.

TERRORIST #2Camry hybrid?


TERRORIST #2 That won't do.

The terrorist shoots the driver in the face. He looks for another car. He spots a parked Prius--he smashes the window, gets in, and drives off. A beat later, a city bus rounds the corner. Jack Bauer is on board.


JACK BAUER Follow that Prius! Can't you drive any faster?

BUS DRIVER If this is too slow for you, drive yourself.

JACK BAUER And contribute eight thousand pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere? Then I'd be the worst terrorist of all. Ever think about that, [LOOKS AT NAMETAG] Doug?

Jack sees the Prius getting away. He holds his gun to the bus driver's neck.

JACK BAUER (CONT'D) Drive faster, dammit! I'm a federal agent.

BUS DRIVER Okay, okay!

The bus driver guns the gas pedal. We see the speedometer hit 55, then climb towards 65.

JACK BAUER Whoa, whoa! Does fuel efficiency mean nothing to you? Fifty-five is fast enough. Geez.

The bus slows down to 55.

JACK BAUER (CONT'D) By the way, everyone, I commend you for taking public transportation.

He checks to make sure the Prius is still in view, then finds an open seat.

JACK BAUER (CONT'D) Mind if I sit here?

TEENAGER Like, if I care.

Jack pulls out an old Harper's and settles in.

EPISODE 24: 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Ext. Dam - day

Jack, gun in hand, hurries across the enormous dam. He speaks to Chloe via cell phone.

JACK BAUER Chloe, do you copy?


JACK BAUER This is very important: I need you to Tivo Charlie Rose for me. Leonardo DiCaprio is talking about the disappearing honeybees.

CHLOE O'BRIAN Let me see if I can get into your Tivo controls from here. (TYPES RAPIDLY) I'm in.

Jack peeks around a doorway. The terrorists, in masks, are recording a message before a video camera.

TERRORIST #1 People of America. For too long the world has stood idly by as your environmental philosophy of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" has placed too much emphasis on recycling and not enough on reducing. The time has come to be punished. The explosion of this dam is the first of many--

JACK BAUER Freeze! You're not exploding anything. There's one thing you didn't account for. You're destroying the habitat of the tidewater goby.

He points his gun at the terrorists. Janis Gold enters, her gun pointed at Jack Bauer.

JANIS GOLD I'm sorry, Jack, but we've already bought the carbon credits to offset the explosion. It's happening.

Chloe O'Brian enters, her gun pointed at Janis.

CHLOE O'BRIAN I don't think so. The CFL lightbulbs in this room will leech mercury into the ocean if this place blows.

Ed Begley, Jr. enters, gun pointed at Chloe.

ED BEGLEY, JR. Hey guys, check out my new eco-friendly gun. The bullets are made from biocompostable starches.

Al Gore enters, gun pointed at his own head.

AL GORE What's the point of any of this? This planet's screwed.

JACK BAUER It seems to me that the only person who can really make a difference for our planet...

He looks directly at the camera.

JACK BAUER (CONT'D) ...is you.

We FREEZE on Jack's face.

Al Gore's gunshot can be heard in the background. MUSIC: "BIG YELLOW TAXI" by Joni Mitchell.

[NOTE TO PRODUCERS: Instead of our normal end credits, maybe a montage of footage of disgusting public wells in the third world?]

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

“Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun”

Words by Thomas Ken, written in 1674 – the hymn, “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun”. Set to a tune of Genevan Psalter’s, Old 100th, composed in 1551 and attributed to Louis Bourgeois. The same tune used as the theme song for “In Touch Ministries” by Dr. Charles Stanley. The last verse of this hymn is often sung as a Doxology in many churches. They are;

“Praise God, from whom all Blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

How poignant, how appropriate, how wonderful these words are for me today. You see this weekend I spent time away – with just my family [and 59 other families that were selected by the OC Girl Scout council] in the hills of Idyllwild, just above the tranquil Anza valley at the Girl Scout camp called “Camp Sherman”.

Camp Sherman is over 700 acres of campground – rustic to rural. There are cabins for use and a huge meadow for RV’s or tents. No hook-ups, completely dry camping. The facility offers a pool, 2 lakes, horse riding, archery, arts & crafts, a museum and various light sporting areas (volleyball, golf, games & Frisbee). The facility was simply beautiful, peaceful and conducive to encountering God, reconnecting with family, getting in touch with your purpose and just having fun!

I really got to relax – mostly because I was out of range of cell service and intentionally did not bring my laptop or the satellite dish. We never turned on the TV [not that we couldn’t – I did bring the generator, come on now!]. The temperatures were over 100 degrees each day – and rarely cooled off much below 85 at night. Thankfully the cloud cover and really cool lightning storms kept the ambient temperature warm-but comfortable. It was hot – but it was GREAT.

Shortly after setting up the 5th wheel the whole family went on a horseback ride. This was my first time on a horse – and now I am SURE that I was born during the wrong time… I really enjoyed myself. I rode a beauty of a horse called “Mystery”. I was the only 1st timer on that ride, but no one could tell.

I really enjoy horseback – I think we should all go back to riding them and get rid of our cars. I don’t think greenhouse gas would be such a problem. Just look at this chart!

Why the Carbon Flux in the atmosphere was far lower in the 1700-1850’s! I say, bring back horseback riding! Forget Hybrids – go with vegan-powered transportation.

Well, back to my story…

The family went to the pool later on that day and I stayed behind – I haven’t been feeling well and didn’t really know why – but I do now. I spent the afternoon sleeping, praying and meditating on God. I started feeling somewhat better and was fully recovered by Sunday.

I met up with my family at the lake that afternoon and watched my wife and kids canoe, kayak and paddle board. Great times! I joined them the next day!

This weekend I really enjoyed spending time with my God & my family and realized that my focus (life-focus) was askew. The focus should be, raising my kids to be the Christ loving, gospel spreading obedient kids that they are growing to be, by being a great father and role model.

I now understand clearly that God requires me to be a God loving, obedient servant of His – by being a FATHER first – seeking God FIRST in all things – staying focused on my faith & family – my wife & children and then my role in the church, role in my job and place in this world. For a long time now my focus has been misdirected – trying to ‘do good for God’ when all along He wanted me to do good for Him by being the man He made me to be.

Being Dad.
I feel so much better now that I have that focus.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he
is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!