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!