Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Global Warming hits Las Vegas, Palmdale and Malibu

Check it out

I don't think that it is Global Warming or Climate change as much as it is a redistribution of the cold weather. Something the next president is big on - redistribution....
Global Warming/Climate change supporters... HA!

This makes me smile!!!

If you haven't heard - perhaps you should be reading the news more...

Rates have dropped!

An early Christmas present to homeowners that have mortgage rates they can't afford -

If you need a refi - and you want a referral - I have been appraising homes for over 15 years now and would STRONGLY recommend:

Patrick Magee -

He is Christian man who will be really honest with you.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This weeks Christmas Movie!!!

Holiday Inn (1942) - One of the BEST!

Wait till the end...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dads - leave a legacy!

Friday, December 12, 2008

This one goes out to...

Ashley, Chandler and Regan ...

No comment necessary...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Gavin Newsom is at it again...

This is probably the only openly stupid mayors in all of America. The publicity whore is at it again!

Now he is swearing in Federal law-breaking gay guy as a member of the Board of Supervisors. Newsom did not have to swear in anyone until the whole board is sworn in January 8th, but this was too tasty of a morsel for his publicity desires to avoid.

So now, not only is Gavin Newsom breaking California law by allowing gay marriage - and supporting civil disobedience with protests and such, he is allowing the fact that a person is 'gay' to override the 'rule of law' which prohibits illegal (undocumented) people to serve in politics. David Campos himself says, "I might be the first undocumented person elected to the Board of Supervisors". By being sworn in early, Campos will have seniority over all the other brand new board members, which means he is eligible for a better office assignment, better seat assignment and better appointments to various commissions - and begin to work before all the other new board members. Preferential treatment for a gay member... arguably YES.

OH MY GOSH... can we just annex San Francisco out of California - allow it to be it's own little country - where people can do whatever they want - act, however they want and believe whatever they want. I know.. let's call it Goddom or Somorrah... it is only fitting.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom swore in openly gay attorney David Campos to replace Tom Ammiano on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Ammiano won his election to the California State Assembly on Nov. 4, carrying a Victory Fund endorsement.

Campos, who will represent the city’s ninth district, came to the United States at the age of 14 as an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. He became an American citizen in 1997, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I might be the first undocumented person elected to the Board of Supervisors,” Campos said to cheers. “I think it’s only fitting in this very difficult time to be an immigrant that something like this would happen in San Francisco. It says a lot about the city.”

I don't know what is worse - that he is undocumented, gay or a lawyer... ok, lawyer trumps. Having gone to law school and having been raised by a gay man and being hispanic myself (with potentially undocumented relatives) - yeah, I would say being a lawyer is the worst identifier!

By the way - I believe there may be gay discrimination in SF these days - If you are straight, a legal citizen and conservative - you are discriminated against - being elected in any capacity.

Friday, December 05, 2008

A cowboy says it best...

As most of you know - I truly feel born at the wrong time - I am a cowboy at heart. I embrace the cowboy way of life - a much simpler way.

...of course I do love some of the modern amenities - as would any good cowboy - a Dodge truck, semi-autmatic rifle & semi-auto pistols and of course, air conditioning.

Friday, November 21, 2008

2ND Place!

Rick, Chandler, Dylan & Garhett
This year our team, "The Bloomin' Cockroaches" came in 2nd place!

It seems as though we trade off with this years 1st place team, The Metzger family... We beat them last year!

Well there is always the Spring competition.

The team "Blew by you - the Originals" came in 10th in their division. Congratulations!

Tim, Michelle, Jenny & Darrenn

And the newest team, "The Disney Wonders" came in 4th in their division!!! Woot, woot!

Ashley, Dawn, Regan & Dave

If you have never tried mouseadventure - you really should - it is a BLAST!

Anyone else feel this way?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Teach tolerance...? Cross stomping and Prop 8.

This has me really, really upset~

I guess this is tolerance...

Like I posted before - where were the protests when the MAJORITY of voters were discriminated against by 4 liberal judges in Sacramento?

Were the 61% of the registered voters for prop 22 out in hoards, blocking streets, abusing people, shouting hateful things at gay people after their votes were overturned? NO

Was even a small percentage of those voters for prop 22 tearing down rainbow flags or burning rainbow flags? NO

Were predominantly gay establishements boycotted because they didn't vote for prop 22? NO

Were the backers that opposed prop 22 or even those that backed the No on 8 campaign harassed, blockaded or in any way disparaged? NO

So who exactly are the haters of this whole event?
Who exactly is INTOLERANT of different lifestyle choices?
Who exactly is violent?

Yeah, that's what I thought. Enough already. You lost, take your toys and go home now.

If my child acted half as badly as the No on 8 supporters, as a parent, I would take away more of that child's privilages until they learned some respect.

Why, oh why do gay people compare their suffering to that of blacks in America? Why? Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered people have NEVER suffered the attrocities that blacks have suffered (lynching, tarring, burning alive, denied the vote, slavery, just to name a few) they are not in the same class of sufferage as blacks. The people in the video say they should fight, that they aren't going to back down, just like the black people.

My heart aches to think of the sufferage and mistreatment of blacks thoughout history - the racism. NONE of that compares to the lifestyle of homosexuals in America. Stop diminishing the history of the black Americans accomplishments over racism (yeah, it has a long way to go). It isn't racism to deny the term "marriage" to a lifestyle choice.

...And then they stomp on the cross - the symbol of love and compassion (yes it was a torture device - but it represents the suffering of Jesus for each of them).

The really sad part is that none of those people seem to know that the man that is represented by that cross they stomped on and crushed - STILL LOVES THEM.

...even in their hate

...even in their desire for pride

...even though they curse His name

...even though they deny His Love

...even through all of this arguing and fighting

...whether they like it or not...


Sunday, November 09, 2008

Things that make me say ... Hmmm....

The evening after the election the Illinois state lottery winning Pick 3 numbers were:

6 -6 -6.

Check for yourself!

Lottery results


Giving - a message; "Go and Give"

Today at church ( we were blessed with the best message on giving I have heard in a long, long time.

For those of you who missed it - here is the scripture that was covered:

Mark 12:41-44

Mar 12:41 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
Mar 12:42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
Mar 12:43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
Mar 12:44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on."

2Corintians 8:13-15

2Co 8:13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality--
2Co 8:14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;
2Co 8:15 as it is written, "HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK."

Acts 4:32

Act 4:32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.

2 Peter 1:20-21

2Pe 1:20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
2Pe 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2Timothy 3:16-17

2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2Ti 3:17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Malachi 3:6-12

Mal 3:7 "From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you say, 'How shall we return?'
Mal 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
Mal 3:9 "You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!
Mal 3:10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
Mal 3:11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the LORD of hosts.
Mal 3:12 "All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts.

1John 3:16

1Jn 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

John 3:16

Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Hebrews 11:1

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 4:2

Heb 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.

Hebrews 4:12 & 13

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Heb 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Our Executive Pastor, Jim Plante did a great job of comparing the Old Testament concept of the Tithe to the New Testament concept of giving. It was a very fresh and challenging (convicting) message to hear. I hope all of you that took/will take him up on his challenge to try giving are blessed beyond what you give!

In Christ.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Revolution High School Rocks!

Our High School Youth leader is the best HS Youth leader EVER!

I bet you can't listen to this whole song - and not have it keep repeating in your head the rest of the day!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Circling the drain.....

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost as much as 420 points or 4.4% with 30 minutes left in the session. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) index lost 4.3% and the Nasdaq composite (COMP) gave up 4.3%.

Well THAT should tell us all something about the confidence in our new President.

Fellow capitalists and entrepreneurs…. run for cover.
Obamanomics is here.


Victory for the people of this great state. Victory against judicial misconduct. Victory for families and traditional values.
You won't see the main stream media covering this very much - This is a victory over that group as well.
The media last night kept referring to Prop 8 by the incorrectly re-named title, "Initiative to end gay marriage" - which really bugged me...
But when 5,220,694 people say they voted to "protect traditional marriage" I guess it really doesn't matter what you call it.
So, my guy didn't win the presidential bid - and we are going further in debt as a state with new high speed rail lines, and food costs are going to rise - but Prop 8 passed!
Here is how all the propositions came out:

Monday, November 03, 2008

Stimulus... shmimulus

Hey, for those of you that think you had to wait FOREVER for your stimulus check - try being a small business owner...

Yeah, mine just showed up today... Perhaps as a way to sway my vote...

Afterall, wasn't it a 'redistribution' of money?


This one's gonna be close!

46.7% - Obama
44.6% McCain

8.7% NOT SURE!

Don't believe me...

Read it for yourself!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I am inspired...

I saw this ad today

Which prompted me to research Gianna Jessen - where I found this... and became INSPIRED and outraged at the same time.

Watch both videos - and tell me what you think - what God says to you by the time part 2 is over.

Oh, get some tissue before you watch them!



And some people are voting for the man who, if he had his way - would allow this amazing woman to have been put to death.

What type of MAN would think it is OK to kill an unborn child, but not Iraqi insurgents? Barack Obama leads the opposition to the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act", which is NOT opposed by, Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Rodham Clinton & NARAL.

Do you want that type of man to lead our country. Seriously. Think about it...

I have.

Proposition 8 - made simple

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hawai'i photos!

Well after sorting through the photos - Dawn has agreed to let me post the following pictures from Hawaii.

Click on the photo to start the slideshow.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obama's plan to redistibute the wealth explained.

A friend sent this story to me - it puts Obama's redistribution of wealth in easy to understand terms.

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money."

I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept.

He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside.

The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I 've decided he could use the money more.

The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient needed money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

HSM3 - Come see my movie!

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Mr. Fantastik... is back!

You might remember this guy from "So you think you can dance". Yeah, he's the amazing popper that quit the first day in Vegas...

Nigel said he hopes that someone see's him and puts him in a commercial or a movie - well IKEA did!

He is amazing - my son is trying to emulate this guy - if you see Garhett, just watch him out of the corner of you eye - when he thinks no one is watching - he tries (nearly successfully) to move like this guy!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fred Thompson

Fred was my choice...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Have you ever wondered how the President is elected?

This is actually a pretty good video.

It is very, very basic - but it gets the point across.

BTW: here is the electoral college by state:

Friday, October 17, 2008


A direct invitation to all you open minded, liberal, progressives out there... Open your minds and watch this. Then, comment. Come on now...

ht: Joel

Thursday, October 09, 2008


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Yes on Prop 8 - takes the lead in the polls

Have you seen the newest ad for Yes on proposition 8? I know if you have a Tivo or DVR you probably skip past the hundreds of political ads - but you should see this one.

According to the recent polls - Prop 8 is now favored to win.

My son walked a precint to get out the message on this proposition and much to my surprise the majority of homes we visited were in favor of it passing. In fact, one inter-racial couple told me that they applied for a domestic partnership (which the woman had with her previous male domestic parter) and were told that domestic partnerships are for same-sex couples only and they would have to seek a marriage license! She is outraged - I haven't confirmed that this is the case - but it stands to reason.

Even a log-cabin Republican website is stating that the "yes" ads dwell on the fact that it was 4 activist judges that overturned 61% (4,300,000) of the peoples popular opinion.

Here are the facts:


Proposition 8 protects the people’s will and overturns activist judges.
In 2000 over 61% of Californians (4 million voters) voted in favor of Proposition 22 to reaffirm that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. However, because this language wasn’t put into the state Constitution when it was approved, four activist judges from San Francisco wrongly overturned the people’s vote. In November 2008, Proposition 8 gives California voters the opportunity to reverse the court’s decision and restore the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman in the state Constitution.

B=BENEFITS - Proposition 8 is about preserving marriage; it’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle.
Proposition 8 doesn’t take away any rights or BENEFITS from gay or lesbian domestic partners. Under California law, "domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections and benefits" as married spouses. (Family Code §297.5.) There are no exceptions to this. Proposition 8 will not change this.

C = CHILDREN - Proposition 8 protects our children.

Prop 8 protects our children from being taught in public schools that "same-sex marriage" is the same as traditional marriage. . In health education classes, state law requires teachers to instruct children as young as kindergarteners about marriage. (Education Code §51890.) If the same-sex marriage ruling is not overturned, teachers will be required to teach young children that there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage. (Children will be taught that having a mommy and a daddy is just the same as having two mommies or two daddies – it’s all equally good.)

Both parties say the same thing!

You children shouldn't be required to read this:

Unless you read it to them.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I just bought a tank... well, sorta

Dawn & I leave for Hawaii in 3 days - we are going to be Kayaking, Hiking, Snorkeling, Horseback riding, Swimming in Waterfalls and lounging on the beach - so I thought, we better get a new camera that can take that kind of abuse...

So after much searching I found this one...

Here is a review of the camera...

As the reviewer says, it is a TANK. It is the all terrain vehicles of cameras. So far, I like it alot - You can be the judge when I post pictures when we get back!

CNN finds proof that Ayers/Obama/Wright are closer than they said.

Obama has no executive experience - so he is going to surround himself with *good* people - yeah right.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

NOW supports Palin...

Why is the main street media NOT reporting on this!!!

This is HUGE! Yet, not a blip on the radar.... hmm... bias.. You betcha'

Saturday, October 04, 2008

13,000 Rally for Sarah Palin!

The heels are on and the gloves are off! 13,000 supporters swarm Home Depot Center to show their support for Sarah Palin and the "McCain/Palin" ticket today October 4, 2008.

I was privilaged to receive general admission tickets to the rally courtesy of Angela Lasch [Thank you very, very much!]. We were all very excited to attend the Rally and much to our surprise, Garhett's American Government Teacher, Robyn Nordell, had 3 VIP tickets which she raffled off at the end of class last week. Garhett won them!

So the Bambricks, Laschs, Platts and Peters headed out to the Rally today to celebrate with Sarah! Dawn, Garhett & I sat in the VIP section just above the entrance area where Sarah and others entered the stage. I jokingly said we could smell Sarah's perfume from where we sat.

The lines were long to get in, the wait was long to be screened by the Secret Service, the weather was wonderfully subdued by the presence of overcast clouds and a light smattering of drizzle throughout the day. God really must like Sarah to provide a 'cooler' day for her. In fact, the weather held until the end of the Rally when a short but heavy shower doused the parking lot as we inched along our path to leave.

The Rally was broken into 3 sessions, the first was a welcome and spin up by local representatives, 2 from the OC, Dana Rohrabacher and Ed Royce (from my district). It was very nice to see them speak - Ed Royce (the incumbent in my district) is a spitfire!

Second session was Hollywood and political representatives. All the guest speakers were entertaining - nothing new. John Voight took the stage in support as well as others from the political arena.

The last session was Governor Sarah Palin, after being introduced by the current president of the National Organization of Women - yes, read that again... N.O.W.'s president endorses Sarah Palin! (although, you couldn't tell that from their website - I won't post a link to it because I don't support their agendas).

Immediately after taking the stage, Governor Palin told us about the quote that was on her Starbucks cup the other day - it was a quote from Madeline Albright (former secretary of state) that said, "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women".

See what happens when you yell, "Hey Sarah, give us a smile!"


Before entering, we had to enjoy hearing the drivel being spurt forth from the Obama supporters. Tim had enough and had to engage them - of course, as usual, once Tim started speaking FACTS to them, they had to leave. I think the quote Tim used in this photo was something like, "You're an idiot". Or something much less inflamatory. Tim is my hero today!

If you look you can see, Darrenn Platt, Michelle Lasch, Tim Lasch, Sharon Peeters, Chandler Lasch, Ashley Bambrick, Dylan Platt & Regan Lasch. This gang was sitting across the field from us so we could get a good photo of them!

Today was a GREAT day!

Here is a youtube video from CNN from today...

Friday, October 03, 2008

what happened?!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Gaffe-faw for the day...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Cruise or Battle... which ship are you on?

Are you Serving God, or BEING Served?

Monday, September 29, 2008

History of America's Financial Meltdown

This video appears very accurate. Having been an independant contractor to nearly every bank/lender that has gone out of business (IndyMac, Argent, Ameriquest, WAMU, American Home, Countrywide, Landsafe, Nationstar, FannieMae, FreddieMac and more) and being a real estate appraiser now for over 15 years and having worked for one of the main sub-prime lenders (Argent - I quit because I saw this coming and could not be a part of contributing to it) I find it interesting that the dem's blame the republicans - but it was the dem's under Bill Clinton that started this whole meltdown in 1995!

Before you flame me with comments... watch the video, and think on these things...

Ask yourselves which political party, over the past 10 days, has stood up for Main Street and which one has had to stand up for Wall Street due to the political support they rely on.

Ask yourselves why Chris Dodd & Barney Frank are SO EAGER to pass the Paulson package so we can “move on” to other subjects. Don’t look behind the curtain, says Barney, just do what I say.

(h/t - GayPatriot)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Free coldstone tonight!

From their website:

"To cap off this special month, don't miss the 7th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide, a special night to join together and share the simple pleasures of life with a FREE ice cream and family fun. On September 25th from 5:00 - 8:00PM, guests will be treated to a 3 oz. serving of Jack or Emily's Creation. All donations will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Date night at the movies this Saturday - You're invited! **UPDATE** SOLD OUT

A group of Revolution folks are going to the Long Beach Towne Center on Saturday night to see this movie.

It is made by the same folks that made "Facing the Giants".

Wanna join us all?

5:30 to 5:45 at the fountain, the show is at 6:10 - see ya there!

Wouldn't if be cool if we could fill the theatre!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

A laugh for today

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

2nd Semester Spanish Love song...

No leavo... no leaveo.... I bego... No leaveo....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This just in... From the Disney Studios!

Zac's skin will soon begin to disolve.... That's funny stuff!

Friday, September 12, 2008

No Dancing in Church....

I saw this on another website indicating this is the best argument against dancing in church... I agree!

"The renewed mind is the key!"

Renee's Mystery

These are my kids piano/bass teachers - the Fry girls.

They have a band called Renee's Mystery - they are fantastic. At one point I tried to get them for Revolution's Tapestry event a couple of years ago - I think they are FANTASTIC - give them a listen!

Let's push for another Tapestry event!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I have heard over and over that Obama is an eloquent speaker and very engaging - I have disagreed from the start. I used to teach public speaking in the corporate world and one of the key things to avoid during public speaking is the use of "non-fluencies" such as, - ah, um, er, and, just, so ... the list goes on - but suffice it to say -

Mr. Obama is not an eloquent speaker - nearly every time he speaks his use of non-fluencies really detracts from his speaking.

I know this compilation by Letterman is funny - but at the same time, it is serious. You really can't say someone is a good speaker when they indeed are NOT.

Oh, and Mr. Letterman - you shouldn't begin the segment with "Ah, we're gonna show you..."

In case you were wondering...

I have been asked in the past why I didn't go to church during the late 70's - well, cuz these folks scared me...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

OK... this post is a little *lighter*

The other day some Mormon Elders came to visit... no really...

I wish they were like these guys!

Kids, you should learn this song...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Hurricanes and America

As I watched the news last night and as I read blogs about Gustav, Hanna, Ike and Josephine - I can't help but wonder why everyone seems so relieved when the hurricane is downgraded due to having hit land outside of the US.

There are people in the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, Carribean Islands, Haiti and Africa that are far less capable of dealing with the destructive forces of the hurricanes and tropical storms than we in the US.... Shouldn't we feel worse? Shouldn't we 'take one for the world'?

Watch this and tell me what you think?

Giggle for the day

this is the funniest website on the planet....

And here is proof!

Don't worry - one of these two videos will indeed offend you...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My favorite song of the day....

I never EVER thought I would say this...

But I really like a Kid Rock song....

****KID WARNING**** This video contains numerous images, references and lyrics that may be objectionable.

Maybe I like it cuz it is a mixture of these two songs (and one other I can't identify yet).

I have often said to people that the best music was recorded prior to 1990 - and since then all of the great music is just being re-recorded, re-sampled and re-vamped into new stuff that is really just classic, rockin' old stuff!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ashley Scarlett Bambrick turned 13!

On August 16, 1995 we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.
And she turned 13 this past Saturday!

Happy Birthday Ashley! Only 22 years to go before I will allow you to date!

Oh, and just for you...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

College days....

Well today is historic in our family for two reasons... the first is the previous post - Dawn & I celebrate 19 years. The second - Garhett started College today.

These little ones grow up so fast - OK so it is only Junior College - Cypress College at that - but it is College none-the-less. He is a 'special admit' student because he is still a Junior in High School (only 15) but he has started his college career already.

His first class is trigonometry. He took the placement exam and scored in the upper 56% of all the students taking the math placement class. The professor who administered the class, the counselor he had to meet with for entrance and the Dean all said that they were very impressed that a 15 year old was able to score higher than nearly 1/2 of all the students who took the test - the majority of which are 18+ years older and high school graduates.

Here is the best part - the special admit program allows students in high school to take classes for FREE - yes, FREE.

Second best part - if Garhett keeps up with his regular studies as well as the general education requirements for Cypress he would be able to graduate his senior year in high school with his Associates Degree as well. or at the very least just have to take 1 or 2 more classes at Cypress to get the degree.

We are so proud of our little boy - Oh, did I mention that he is homeschooled! Yep, score another point for homeschooling - a 15 year old homeschooler scoring higher than nearly 1/2 of high school graduates on the college level mathematics placement exam. Nice!


Richard Bambrick, III & Dawn Elaine Alexander

Our Engagement photo.

It was 19 years ago today that I married the most wonderful woman I have ever known.

Dawn Elaine Alexander – she stole my heart while I was renting videos (VHS) from the Wherehouse Records in 1985. Little did I know that a casual note left on the window of her car would create such a whirlwind of life that in 4 years on August 19, 1989, would be consummated by an exchange of vows in front of God, our friends and family.

The best part is that 3 years after that our son Garhett would be born, then 3 years after that our daughter Ashley.

During our marriage we learned to truly love each other with God at the center of our marriage. For that reason, on August 19, 1999 Dawn & I renewed our vows in front of God & our family in a small, very intimate, very personal ceremony at Christ Community Church in Buena Park.

Even though our wedding ceremony in 1989 was a beautiful, memorable event filled with lots of family and friends at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove; this renewal ceremony with OUR Pastor in OUR church was much more meaningful.

Thank you Dawn for blessing me with these 19 years of wonderful wedded-ness and thank you God for grabbing a-hold of me and when I reached out and for being the main cord in our marriage.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 7

Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

8 There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
"For whom am I toiling," he asked,
"and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?"
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Next - The movie...

What if you could see into the future - but only for 2 minutes - and ONLY if your life is directly involved - What would you do with that knowledge?

I felt the premise of this movie was - at the very most – just interesting - until I began to think about the events that occur in the life of the lead character, Chris Johnson - played by Nicholas Cage; and how he uses the ability to see 2 minutes into the future.

I began to think that this is what God did before we were born, for each of us. It is what God did at the before time (as we know it).

An excellent visual representation of this occurs in one scene where a team of FBI agents and Mr. Johnson are inside a freighter and must "clear" the decks of all the bad guys. Cage's character tells the team of FBI agents they can clear THIS deck, and he will ‘clear all the others’. He never moves from his spot, but by using his ability to see into the future 2 minutes, instantly takes every possible route available and without moving at all, he walks along every inch of the ship to find the hidden bombs, bad-guys and ultimately the hostage they are searching for.

Visually I could see a physical representation (albeit, poor - and only to the level that my human mind can comprehend) of Cage's character everywhere, all at once - because he can see into the future he can see every choice he can take and then takes it to see what is there. It was quite an experience.

I could visualize that this is how God saw our lives. He knew every possible way we would go, every step we did take - He has orchestrated every step. He sees everything!

Proverbs 15:3 - The eyes of the Lord are in every place.

God has preordained what will and won't happen. He has seen all of our choices. He knows where we are going, as he has declared our life. In the movie Cage’s character is always saying to people who tell him not to do something, “I already did it”. From God’s perspective, that is what He says when we think we are doing something for the first time – He could say, You’ve already done it. Interesting!

Isaiah 46:9-11- "Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,' calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it"

God stated that whatever He has decided will be, it will come to pass. The extent of His ability to do so is difficult to grasp, for it lies at the root of all prophetic statements. For example, just a bit before this statement, God states the name of the king who would rebuild Jerusalem,

Isaiah 44:28 - "Who says of Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, "You shall be built," And to the temple, "Your foundation shall be laid."'".

The statement is made about 150 years before Cyrus was born. At the time it was given, the Assyrian empire ruled the world with no end in sight. Yet in a short while it would be wiped out suddenly by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Cyrus, however, was a king of the empire that wiped out Babylon in a surprise attack of its own. What was recorded in Isaiah would be equivalent to naming who would be head of the world's leading nation, not just after the United States falls, but of the nation that brings down the nation that brings down the United States. We couldn't even fathom the first fall, let alone the succeeding details.

God declared,

Isaiah 42:9 - "Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them".

In struggling to understand how God is able to do this, some theologians concluded that everything in the world must have been predetermined by God before He even created the world; thus He can tell the future because the events are playing out as He had decided long ago.

So, now imagine if God gave you the ability to see as he does - but only for the next 2 minutes, and only if YOUR life is involved. Would you be able to do more good for others? In the movie, Cage's character has to make a choice, to help save the lives of 8 million people, or the life of his future girlfriend. What would you do?

How would you use the ability to see as God does - all the possible choices? What would you do? Oh, the most important thing - from the movie - Once you see the future, you have changed it, just by looking at it, you have changed the outcome - because you now have foreknowledge of specific events - even for the next 2 minutes those events have been changed.

Think about that. By knowing what will happen in 2 minutes, you have changed the results of that time because you know what will happen. So even if you do nothing, the events will have changed. hmmm...

So would you even look ahead?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Have you found yourself saying you don't care...

If you have found yourself saying you don't care about the upcoming election - that there aren't really any *good* candidates, then this is for you...

Now, I do NOT support not voting - I believe it is essential for all of us to take part in the electoral process... but this video is Hilarious!!!

He's Back.. and debuted at #28 on Billboard!

Rick Springfield!

I always get hassled by *certain people* that Rick can't play the guitar - well this oughta shut some people up. I have always said Rick is the best guitar player in the world!

(ok, Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steven Vai, and David Gilmore are actually the best... But Rick is up there! I'm not stupid!)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Olympics - Love 'em...

I love the Olympics - I don't care what country they are in or what political controversy looms over the event - I love the competition, the personal stories, the frenzied pace, the seemingly ADD coverage of the events. I love all of it. I have Dish Network satellite so I can literally watch 6 channels simultaneously - whooo hooo!

My love began when I was first hired on to the Xerox corporation in 1984 and began working on the 'tiger team' that covered the Games of the XXIII Olympiad right here in Los Angeles. I had the privilege of working the diving and gymnastics events. You might remember a couple of the champions from that year - MaryLou Retton, Peter Vidmar, Bart Conner, Tim Dagget, Mitch Gaylord, Greg Louganis... just to name a few - and I was there to see it all -

1984 was the year the US earned 174 medals of which 83 were GOLD - the next highest, 20 from Romania. We rocked - and so began my love for the competition.

I also love the fact that these are people who compete to see who is the best in the world - and I truly believe that we, the United States of America have some of the best athletes in the world!

Go Team USA!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Thank you ... No, really, Thank you!!!

Christy nominated me for a bloggy award! - Thank you so much! I don't know how you are selected as a finalist -(I really am into reality TV where there is one declared winner) I would really like to give an acceptance speach once where there is no "political correctness", no holding back... just once - I would speak my mind... er.. wait.. I do that all the time....

Now I get to nominate 7 bloggers:








Here are the rules...

You nominate 7 other bloggers, and let them know by posting on their blogs.

1. Paste the award logo on your blog
2. Link your nominees on your blog
3. Leave a comment on your nominees blog to let them know!

These are the 7 I nominate - only because I am limted to 7... I have over 80 blogs in my blog-reader and would love to nominate most of them - but I had to limit it to 7, so I chose the ones that update more than once-in-a-while!

God Bless! Now get nominating!

My new favorite song...

This performance reminds me so much of the GREAT music and dancing that went on in the early 80's! DISCO needs to make a strong come back! I can't sit still when this song comes on!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Introducing "The ONE"

I can't stop laughing......really...

Especially since I saw this ad here

Way to go Evan!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

24: Exile


Is this legit?

Jack in Aftrica? He is supposed to defend the U.S. from terrorists - Jack is supposed to be in AMERICA!

Here is the latest:

“24,” missing this season because of the three-month writer’s strike, will finally begin its seventh season in January, settling back into its usual 9-10 p.m. Monday time slot. To bridge the long gap between agent Jack Bauer’s Day Six and Seven, Fox will air a two-hour prequel special at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. (Source)

I have learned the hard way that some of this 'news' that is posted on supposedly verifiable sources is often WRONG.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

A night at the races~ The WIENER NATIONALS

A group of us are heading to the Los Alamitos Racetrack on July 19th at 6pm to watch the 13 running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals - wanna join us?

From the official website:

Admission is $3 for adults; Children 17 and under are free. General parking
is free. Los Alamitos Race Course is located at 4961 Katella Avenue in Los
Alamitos. For more info call, 714-820-2690.

The 13th running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals will be on
Saturday, July 19, 2008, with proceeds to benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care
Center. The Care Center is a non-profit group dedicated to finding home for
stray animals in the Orange County area.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Evan D'Angeles - as the Hunchback

Our own Evan D'Angeles is starring in Victor Hugo's classic, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" as Quasimodo in Chicago beginning July 24th.

Evan told me that Dennis DeYoung (of Styx) adapted this into a rock version. I sure hope it comes to LA sometime!

Check out the article in Playbill here!
Yahoo news has an article here.

Break a leg Evan!

Here are some clips of Evan from YouTube:

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Kevin Bacon

Wow - Kevin Bacon turns 50 today.
Have you ever hear his band - the Bacon Brothers?
One of my favorite Albums of all time is FOROSOCO.

SPORK - it's coming!

Hey loyal readers - and Revolution attenders...

Spork is on July 19th at El Dorado Park this year from 11 - 3.

Dawn & I are in charge of getting beverages for the event. In the past, someone has donated the drinks for the event - only this year - we are very short on beverages. We need about 25 cases of some sort of beverage for the event - so if you have a connection to where we can get some of it donated - or if you are willing to donate a case or two yourself, let me know. We would really appreciate it!

We have the water bottles for the event covered already!

See you at SPORK!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Garhett's at College! B-I-O-L-A !

Well, this week will be interesting - as Dawn and I took our eldest, Garhett to a week long conference at Biola University called Wheatstone. If you aren't familiar with this program - you really should check out their website or ask me about it.

This is an excerpt from their website:

"Wheatstone Academy is preparing the next generation of Christian leaders."

Wheatstone Academy is entirely unique as the only youth summer conference that combines mentor-guided discussion, world-class cultural experiences and personal interaction with top Christian scholars. The Wheatstone experience challenges and equips students for a lifestyle of passionate learning for the sake of Jesus Christ. We are commited to keeping each Wheatstone Academy conference small and custom-tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. The result is a conference of extraordinary quality and impact.

The conference is headed up by J.P. Moreland and John Mark Reynolds - so we'll see if he comes home a changed boy... er... man...

The weird part is that it was truly like we were taking him to his college dorm to begin his college career...

We checked him into his dorm room in Hope Hall - on the floor that had "The Brotherhood of Deuteronomy" emblazened on the wall.

We got our boy situated in his dorm room - then we said our good-bye's. He is on his own (well sort of, three of our good friends, Alishia, Breanna (and her husband, John) & Crystal Fry are there to keep an eye on him).

I actually think he is kinda proud to be going off on his own this week - I can't wait to discuss the merits of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates when he gets home. During his weeklong conference they visit a ropes course in Irvine, The Getty Museum, they go to an opera, see Henry V on stage, read tons of (gulp) books every day and discuss, discuss, discuss...

Dawn & I are so proud of our young man.

Garhett is currently going into the 11th grade of High School and as soon as he returns from BIOLA he will enroll via "dual enrollment" in Cypress College while completing his final 2 years of High School and upon graduation from High School (by the way, he already has enough credits and courses to graduate by "California's standards") he will have his Diploma and his Associates of Arts Degree (God willing)! Whoopie!

Then we get to really send him off to college to complete his more advanced degrees - I am so happy he isn't going on the 17 year plan to his Masters like I did.