Thursday, May 31, 2007


The ball was headed directly for their cart, as the twosome passed behind the green on their way to the next hole.

So, yes, I did really yell "Fore!" once this week.

I was at the Southeastern University Tournament at The Pearl in Calabash, North Carolina. It's a very good tournament. It was great to see Mark Carr. He's started a new church in Raleigh. It looks like he'll do well.

We - the seven of us from Faith, along with Pastor's brother - arrived Monday about 10am, having left North Fort Myers after the Sunday morning service, driving all day, spending the night in Florence, SC, and driving to the course, by way of Krispy Kreme.

We played golf until 5pm Monday - 18 holes on the West Course, then the last 5 holes of the East Course - then had dinner in the clubhouse.

After a good night's sleep at the hotel on the beach, we played the 1st round of the tourney on Tuesday morning on the West Course. My foursome - me, Pastor, his brother Paul, and Stephen Porter - didn't have a good day, but it worked out well for us. We shot a 1 under, 71, and we were put into the 3rd flight. We then played a practice round on the East Course.

Tuesday night was dinner at The Isle restaurant on the beach. It was a buffet with she-crab soup, salad, fish...then we went to the main buffet, with steak, chicken, fish, and vegetables.

Wednesday morning we played the second round. It was a much better day. We started the day with a one-shot lead in our flight, then shot a 9-under 63. I had told Stephen before we started that I thought we would need to shoot a 62 to win. I was right. The 2nd place team shot a 62 to tie us, then won on the tiebreaker.

It didn't matter, because everyone gets a prize. I won a pair of golf shoes. Adidas. Worth $150. Nice shoes. I also got a pitching wedge, hat, and shirt.

We left about 3pm, and drove to just north of Orlando. We drove home this morning.

It was a good trip. Good golf, good food, good fellowship. It was good to see Mark. It was great weather. It's good to be home.

Yes, the ball missed the twosome.

Monday, May 28, 2007

All the Drama

Here's the commercial...

The Church Drama Podcast is a little show a few of us do every week...except we've missed a week or two in the last month. It's supposed to be about drama, but ends up being about whatever our discussion leads us to. But we do include a sketch and some pseudo-drama every time.

This picture is from the video version of our podcast. (I post both an audio and a video version of the podcast.) This isn't a shot that you'll see from the was taken just prior to the latest episode.

We have fun. At least I do - I think Steve, Trish, Mary-Jane, and Trudi do, too. If you get time, give a listen. (The audio version is longer - I don't edit out anything - but it takes less effort than watching the video.) And if you know someone interested in drama, let them know about us.

The links to the show are on the right side of this blog. (

Friday, May 25, 2007

A Bottle of Dumb

The reviewer in our newspaper said that "Pirates of the Carribbean 3" was "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of dumb." Very accurate. Sam was going to meet some other kids from the youth group to see it, but the whole family ended up going.

Shae is a huge fan. Unfortunately, this was a very long, very confusing mess of a movie.

But if you go - stay until the bitter end...AFTER the credits. It's not over until it's over.

Shae (16) leaves tomorrow with a group from the church for 8 days in El Salvador on a missions trip.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Speaking of departures and arrivals...

"Cheers" was a great television comedy. Yes, there was the drawback that it was all about a bar, so the material was not always fit to watch, but for the most part, it was consistently funny.

The best bits were with the Coach, Norm, and Cliff. Here's a clip from the very first episode, with Ted Danson as the lead character, Sam Malone.

Did you know that it's been exactly 14 years since the last episode of Cheers? Thursday, May 20, 1996. It really is coincidental that we watched that last episode in the hospital, while we tried to figure out what to name our newborn son.

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Departures and Arrivals

Blogs are for deep thoughts, right? (Well, that, and stupid YouTube videos.)

Can't avoid thinking of departures and arrivals at the moment. I'm writing this while waiting for my flight to Greensboro by way of Charlotte. Headed to this weekend's Southeast Region Teen Bible Quiz Finals as part of my Pen. Florida District Coordinator duties. (For more on all that, listen to my podcast.)

It's an old adage and true - every departure means an arrival...and vice-versa. You can't get where you're going until you leave where you've been. And - if people like you - the arrivals are happier than the departures.

My friend, Bob, is lying in a hospital room right now. They're not sure what caused it, but he experienced renal and kidney failure, and pancreatis. His liver doesn't seem to be working. Doctors haven't given him much chance of making it.

Right now , we don't know if Bob will be making his departure soon, or not. I hope not. I can't imagine that God is done with what He wants him to do in this life.

But I don't have God all figured out. I hope I never think I do. God is more complex than that. He's bigger - big enough to not figure out. But He loves us, and does all of those complex things in order to simply love us and do what is best for us.

I hope that means that Bob's departure is later rather than sooner, and that I'll see him next week.

But if I don't, I know I'll see him soon.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Everyone has them...things you thought you'd never do that you end up doing.

For instance, there's an old Bill Cosby routine where he talks about kissing a girl and the punchline is "I'll never do that!" It's what children say - "I'll never move away from home" or "I'll never leave you, Daddy" or "I'll never eat broccoli."

As a child, and even later, as an adult, you have those moments where you think, "I'll never do that." Then, at some point, you're doing exactly what you never thought you'd be doing.

Actually (and isn't THAT an overused word? Marv Albert even uttered it as I wrote the last few words) my original thought - the one that started this post - is slightly different. There are things we thought we would never do, then there are things we never thought we would do.

That is, the thought of doing or not doing never even existed. You didn't know it was possible. You didn't know it could happen.

When I think about the things I thought I'd never do that I have done - they tend to be more negative than positive.

But the things I never thought I'd do that I have done - those tend to be more positive than negative.

Homeschool dad.

The possibility of being one was unknown to me when I was in high school. I had never heard of it. I thought about the possibility of one day being married and having children. But having children that did school at home, taught by their mother and me? Outside my universe.

As we end our 12th year of homeschooling - Shae is finishing 11th grade - it's pretty cool to think about what we've experienced and how different raising our children has been than what I ever would have expected.

Shae got her A.C.T. scores back today. 31.

What a blessing.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Better Fonts

Happy Mother's Day.

My mom (and dad) were here for the afternoon. Dad wanted to watch the end of the Player's Championship (golf) and Mom wanted to see us. Okay, I'm sure Dad wanted to see us, too...I think.

But do you care about all that?

What IS interesting is a tip I heard on MacBreak Weekly about ComicBookFonts. These are great looking fonts, and it challenged me to do a better job with the fonts we use in Sunday services. I wanted to buy a few of the fonts at the ComicBookFonts web site, but didn't want to spend the money.

Fortunately, I have about 4000 fonts already on my Mac. (Yes, that's way too many. Microsoft Office has a cow every time I open a document.) But I have no idea what they all are. I've been spending time this weekend getting to know them. So far my favorite is Bolton Sans. That's the font I'm using in the blog header.

I just wish Blogger would give me more options on fonts to use in this blog.

(At least I didn't lose $747,000 like poor Sean O'Hair did today. Wait a minute...did I say poor? The guy still won over $200,000. Slightly better than I did today.)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

New Family Addition

There are probably few opportunities left for us to have vacations with the whole family. Shae will be a high school senior this fall and after that - well, you just never know.

We all had a great time in Orlando - right after Fine Arts - at the end of April and beginning of May. We were given a week at Orange Lake. The free week cost us quite a bit - trips to Universal and Islands of Adventure, along with the premiere of Spiderman 3 at the new IMAX - but it was all worth it.

Along the way, it looks like we picked up a new member of the family.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Getting Started

3rd time to try this...the first try was too obvious, the second try too wordy.

No deep thoughts in this blog, just shallow musings...a lazy way to communicate to everyone I should normally write, email, or call on a regular basis.

First postings are always the hardest. Hopefully this will get better. Or more interesting.

Thanks to Mark Lunsford for inspiring this.