I’ve done a blog for a while now and got so busy that it kind of went on the back burner, but lately I’ve had some serious thoughts rattling around lately and I’m not real sure just how to organize or present them but here we go. Some have asked when are you going to start blogging again? I think today.
I’ve felt for a while now something is stirring and it could be a massive movement of God, or maybe a massive movement from His people into or away from His direction. But there seems to be a galvanizing on one hand and a true polarizing of the people in this country on the other.

Anybody that knows me knows that I’m an unabashed Independent Conservative Moderate with strong leanings to conspiracy theorist and Constitutionalist tendencies and have had this notion for a while now (even when G-Dub was prez) that our economy is being artificially driven out of control for a reason. I have thought for a long time that we are headed for a one world currency in our lifetime and that’s one of the signs foretold in the bible that “JC will soon be krunkin’ in da hizzy”. Many think this is preposterous and the vain ramblings of a zealotous dillusionalist… but wait till you see what I found out today.
(I make up a lot of words just roll with it school marm,,,)

Everyday I hear about how we’re spiraling deeper in debt as a nation and now we seem to have total 100% participation by ALL of those knuckleheaded-dingleberried- cheeseball-bean brains we have elected to “represent us” that just seem to be hell bent on taking us there. And really REALLY fast! Like in the next couple of weeks even!

Not only that but in recent weeks we’ve even seen them thumb there noses and just simply flip us the bird and tell us “we’ll tell you what’s right for you”. I couldn’t (or wouldn’t I guess) understand why they would deliberately take us down this path. Every move they make just seems so illogical. If they really cared about the U.S., then why would they seek to dismantle it and “hope to change” it?

I guess I still have this schoolboy naïve thought from Civics lessons that we are the greatest nation on the planet and that I was one of the lucky generation that still got to say without rolling the eyes; “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; and to the Republic for which it stands”. Oh yeah and “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. I still believe we have it encoded in our DNA. Oh and we don’t generally stand down from a good fight either usually.
Don’t Tread on Me homeboy!

Today Dingy Harry and Nancy Pukelosi had a meeting with the Defender of the Universe President Obamination (who found time before addressing the nations yutes of Amirka) in an effort to ram the healthcare bill down our throat with only the support of the Dim’s and be damned what the rest of the country thinks or wants.
(I’ll be happy to weigh in on my thoughts for healthcare … later hold that thought)

I tend to believe it’s just one more of the things that will hasten the return of our Lord.

Another puzzle: Why has the left and even the not so left so seemed to have embraced Communism, Socialism, Statism, and Progressivism (which are just words for Oppressive-ism and is 100% proven to not be as effective as a Capitalist-Republic (for which it stands))?
The Communist pig Michael Moore is making a documentary on the “Evils of Capitalism” and Comrade Oliver Stone has just released a film on his new hero Ugo Chaves.

Think it’s just a passing fad, Ugo says this: “”I have no reason to call him (Obama) the devil, and I hope that I am right,” Chavez told reporters in Venice.
“With Obama we can talk, we are almost from the same generation, one can’t deny that Obama is different (from Bush). He’s intelligent, he has good intentions and we have to help him.”

Just gag me.

OK folks even my Cuban buddy Jose Lopez at work (real person by the way and a really awesome guy) said: “OK what don’t people get when Fidel and Ugo both like this guy”.

Simply brilliant!

Below is plenty of proof just from today’s headlines about our bloated over spending. China is now worried that our bonds are toxic.

We are spending and printing more $$$ than ever in the history of the planet.

We are headed for massive hyper inflation.

The CIC/POTUS will ask Congress to raise the ceiling on spending so our economy doesn’t collapse and the Gov’t won’t shut down.

OH yeah and by the way “HERE’S YOUR SIGN!”

More to come…


Time to step back into the game with the blog, it’s been a while since submitting a post but such a vast amount of things have happened since the beginning of the year and believe I need to get these things out there and move forward. Here’s just a hit list of things that have happened just since the beginning of 2009:

– My daughter spent a week in Miami Children’s hospital
– Was worked for a woman in Ocean Reef at a job I couldn’t stand
– Watching 2 close loved ones battle mental illness… it seems fathomless
– Went back to school and got another license in order to find another job
– Obama spent a trillion bucks
– Passed my state exam for my license
– Step dad went to hospital for falling and hurting his neck Christmas day
– Saw my dad and step mom loose their house and marriage nearly implode
– Obama spent a trillion more bucks
– Got a call that a company I had wanted to work for Assurant that they were looking for agent
– Applied for the job
– Scored the job
– Step dad comes home in March, it’s been tough on my Mom
– My best bud Rick Swentek’s wife passed away from cancer
– Spent 2 months in training and certification
– My house officially lost about 2/3rd’s of it value with the foreclosures here in da hood
– Obama spends another trillion bucks
– Spent a week in the hospital with a stomach thing
– Have lost about 13 pounds so far feel much better
– Obama wants to give us all healthcare, will cost a few trillion bucks
– Stepped down from playing with the LPC praise band
– Will start back playing with the LPC praise band next Sunday
– Have the potential to make twice what I was making at Ocean Reef
– What will it matter if we are heading for economic udder total devastation
– Obama tells a group of wealthy Hollywood stars we “ain’t seen nothing yet”
– This concerns me greatly

Way wayyyyy more to come…


OK this is what it’s like loosing the hour of sleep!!


It’s 2:30am on Tuesday morning and it may as well be 2:30pm because I’m like wide totally awake. I’m kind of depressed and sad today so I’ll call this “blogs from the dark night of the soul”.

The first verses I ever learned were the 23rd Psalm. Don’t know if she remembers it but my Mom actually taught it to me when I was but a wee little lad. We’re going through some valley experiences right now as a family and yesterday I have this calendar on my desk that a lady I work with Pat gave me for Christmas that has verses for each day. I noticed I hadn’t flip through it since the 3rd and so started to look through them to bring them up to date. David’s Psalm was one of those days I missed… or possibly I didn’t “miss” it but rather it was the right time to discover it again. Thanks Pat!

-“A Psalm of David.”
David wrote poetry and songs to God out of what was going on in his life. He acknowledged that God was always much way more bigger than himself and always in control. David was a pretty “big” guy, maybe not in physical stature, but he became essentially the first King of the Israelite nation. (you’re saying “no that’s not right”, read your bible he was the fist King with God’s blessing) There we’re other rulers in that day that had the same kind of power and stature of David but the difference was he knew in God’s eyes he was just like a tick on a dog.
My dog Trixie has some of those. It’s a problem. I digress yet again.

-“Jehovah [is] my shepherd, I do not lack,”
We all need guidance and somebody to make us feel safe. It’s encoded in our DNA that we all need a shepherd of sorts. As we get older we tend to think we’re more in control of things, but really we’re just like little kids telling God “I do it my-selfff!”.
Right now as we speak my precious little girl is wondering where her shepherd is. She’s in a very lonely place right now and her mom and I are doing our best to help her find her shepherd. She’s never felt the need of anything really, we’ve provided for her up to this point fairly well but she will have to learn on her own that the Lord “IS” her shepherd. My heart is being ripped to shreds.

-“In pastures of tender grass He causeth me to lie down, by the quiet waters He doth lead me.”
We soooo take rest for granted. They say that sheep that aren’t led as a herd will just seperate wander and wander aimlessly and eventually just die because they don’t have the survival instincts of other animals in the wild. The job of a good shepherd always is to find a safe place where they can graze and rest a while. I don’t pretend to know too much about sheep or herding but this concept still resonates with me sort of. Without being led to a safe place where we can rest and be refreshed we’ll just continue to “wander aimlessly” without any purpose or direction and eventually become emaciated.
Now I also understand the purpose of a sheep is to hang around long enough to become supper, so comparing ourselves to the wooly varmints is a slippery slope in most cases, but sheep are basically stupid and we do tend to exhibit many of the same behaviors.

-“My soul He refresheth, He leadeth me in paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake,”
Why were we created? What is our purpose? Why were we made so different from sheep, and birds, and dog ticks, and sea cucumbers? Ever ask yourself what is the meaning of life? Is it just to wander aimlessly through till you die, or is there some other reason?
Now growing up in a household where both of my parents were high school science teachers we were taught that logic, order, and reason prevail. By that I was taught you extrapolate, evaluate, categorize, and compare the empirical data. Throw out the extremes as anomaly and use the means value in order to draw your conclusion. Right?
But what if it’s not quite that simple? What if we were made for God’s pleasure as Rick Warren point’s out? That’s a far more complex issue worthy of consideration and debate. Why would we a humans “evolve” so far past all other living things? What if we were created simply for “His name’s sake”?

-”Also — when I walk in a valley of death-shade, I fear no evil, for Thou [art] with me, Thy rod and Thy staff — they comfort me.”
I experienced “death-shade” and got some really sad news today. My mom’s best friend and in her words “the closest thing to a sister died today”. Her name was Sue Lambert and I’ve known Sue since… well always. I’ve never not known Sue. She had cancer and actually died as a result of an allergic reaction to the chemo because in a very rare instance her body produced an enzyme that only one in a million people have a problem with.
From the perspective of a sheep this kind of thing makes little sense, but this lady allowed her herself to be led through this life by the rod and staff. She is now at home with her shepherd.

-“Thou arrangest before me a table, over-against my adversaries, Thou hast anointed with oil my head, my cup is full!”
You know it occurs to me we’re in an economic mess. President Obomber says we’re in dire shape and if we don’t hurry up and spend a trillion bucks on some stupid stuff the wascally wepublicans haven’t allowed them to spend money on in 8 years we’re going to have an economic crisis that will last a whole generation or more. Vice President Joe the Schmo says there’s still about a 30% chance that even if they do hurry up and spend the money on the stoopeder dumb stuff it may still fail. Yeah I’m liking them odds Joe.
Look… rubber meets the road time here. I have the hope and faith that MY shepherd has prepared a table for me and mine with cups that are full to the brim. “When I eats, everybody eats” as I heard an old guy named Ray Shamblin say one time.

-“Only — goodness and kindness pursue me, all the days of my life, and my dwelling [is] in the house of Jehovah, for a length of days!”
I started this post at 2:30am and now it’s almost 4:30am and the clock will go off at 5:30. I started this post feeling kind of sad and depressed because there is just a whole heap of stuff going on in my life right now dragging us down. My daughter is in great distress, my wife is depressed, my mom is sad and lonely, my step dad is feeling the effects of time and gravity and I don’t know when the next time I’ll see him, my dad and step mom’s life is imploding (imploded already), my mom’s best friend died today, my house is literally worth half what I paid for it… not looking good for the journeyman here.
Goodness and kindness are chasing after me and my dwelling is in the house of MY shepherd.

Life is good, eternal life is better.


My life has been kind of wild lately.
Family issues, work issues, career issues, financial issues, issue issues, ya name it. Here’s some thoughts…

– Wifes been working a lot of OT lately
– We’re (uhh OK… “she’s”) hopping on the OT train while it’s in the station
– Macy’s layoff is bad, I know 2 people effected
– This economy is in bad shape
– Realize we as a nation weren’t prepared to handle a bad economy
– Ya’d think we’d learn, but we get worse off each time
– This bailout, TARP, whatever you call it thingy is nearly a total sham
– Kudos to the politiians on both sides that are starting to stand up and say no way
– Baracks having a tough couple of 1st weeks
– I ain’t seen “Change” yet, fact it looks a lot like it did when the last Democrat was in office
– Same people in fact
– I guess they’ve “changed”, they got 8 years older
– I disagree with the erroneously made point the press made that Rush limbaugh had supposedly said
– Once again he was taken out of context, his real point was right on
– Whatever… it’s all starting to give me a headache
– Oh, I made my boss an offer she couldn’t refuse today
– She did… and offered me money instead, weird
– It was the wrong answer
– I have a really great opportunity looming, I need to make the right choices
– Go where I’ve never gone before and have a shot at success, or…
– Stew in mediocrity
– Stewing in mediocrity is safe, I’m getting too old to stew
– Going to work on my taxes this weekend
– Ummm… some Washington wise-guys should have done their taxes
– To quote Homer Simpson… DOOOOOOOOOOOOPE!!!!!
– Don’t have to play this Sunday, last Sunday was fun
– Had to run home after 2 service though, we had an issue to deal with
Mike Betancourt has a blog, check it out it’s good stuff!
– I have a lot of things I want to write about, but don’t want to give away too much info
– Sounds kind of bi-polar huh?



Today I received this email about ordering fancy coffee from the Gevalia coffee company. It’s been around a while, I remember first seeing it in the little mag they put on the air planes behind the seat. They hook you up with a free coffee maker if you buy the overpriced coffee. Somebody gave us one those coffee makers and it lasted about 6 months to a year and died. My boss orders it for the office and it is pretty tasty… but what I really want to write about has nothing to do with coffee it just reminded of something else.


A couple weeks or so ago we scored some free Dish TV for the weekend and watched a couple movies one of which was “The Bucket list”. If you’ve seen the movie you now understand the tie in to the coffee. In this most hilarious movie Jack Nickelson and Morgan Freeman become friends after having to share a room in the hospital and go off on a most totally excellent adventure and do all the things they always wanted to do before they died. In the remaining months of their lives they had an opportunity to live like they had always wished they could live. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it but it does raise some pretty philosophical questions through out it.


So if you had say 6 months to live and money was no issue, what would you do?


Ok… so say money IS an issue and you had 6 months to live, what would you do differently?


So I guess the question would now be… why aren’t we living our lives like that now if it’s not costing much?


To further go down this road, if you had an amazing gift you could share with everyone you come into contact with but had limited time… would you share more or less?


I personally know someone who is living on a limited amount of time and income but yet they choose to share God’s total love for us with every difficult breath.


This person really throws a wrench in my works because I pick and choose when to share God’s total love for us through His Son Jesus Christ with my words and actions.


This ain’t done yet, I’m just getting warmed up!




It’s been a while since I put up a Sunday muddle post but things are inching back “normal”. Lots and lots going on these days and I could just write and write and write.

Came in this morning to the theater right about 7 am and we were in a little bit of disarray. I guess the story really starts back on Thursday where we had a round (rectangle really) table meeting with Jesse and the praise band. He told us we were all fired and to get out. Ok not really, actually is was a very productive time where he broke out his vision for increasing the praise band into actually one day becoming a ministry.

So anyway… back to this morning. We had picked a few songs to play but we hadn’t rehearsed and were having abit of a problem getting it together, but we did finally and things went rather smoothly after that. The band still has a lot of work ahead and I expect the complection will change in the coming months as we attempt to grow bigger better and stronger. No matter we still have to deliver the pizza on Sunday morning.

Travis finished a series on “Dead white guys that changed the world”. I’ve enjoyed this series immensly and the one today was on D.L. Moody. Now here’s a little ditty about D.L. Moody I think is kind of funny. My great grand father was a Baptist preacher and he wrote a memoir about his life which I have a copy of. In one section he speaks of being in Chicago and seeing the great D.L. Moody speak and remarked he was not that impressed. I guess it’s all about perspective I suppose. Moody no doubt changed the world with his commitment to the Gospel and we could learn a lot studying these guys.

On the subject one of my favorite is definitely Spurgeon who Mike Betancourt spoke about last week. I recall reading an account of how Spurgeon enjoyed a good cigar ever so often and one day someone knocked on his door and he answered with a cigar in his mouth. The person said something about him spoiling his witness and Spurgeon replied (paraphrased) “which would be worse the sin or the judgement of it”. Good thought to ponder.

I’m excited about Life Groups coming in a couple weeks, we got our study material today and I’m going to hit that to get ready. It was kind of neat, Jesse taped Gail and I and they showed the video today. I hate seeing myself on film, I only see the bad stuff.


As we are standing on what is today truly one of the most historic events in our lifetimes I have several thoughts.
They’re my thoughts and opinions and hope they are relevant and based on truth, not by prejudice or peer influence.

Another question for another day is… is that possible?

-I hope Barack Obama is everything he’s been made out to be
-I / you / we need for him to be that, and even more
-he will face the greatest challenge of any President, I think even FDR
-Barack Obama is now our President
-I don’t like even the whiff of socialism that’s being proposed, it’s dangerous
-our capitalist nature has made us the wealthiest and greatest country on this planet
-we are THE most giving people on this planet
-I don’t care what people are saying, I liked George Bush
-I voted for him 3 times, Governor of Texas and President these United States
-I think he faced daily choices that were really difficult
-I think Barack will face even tougher choices
-I believe to a great extent our lives, destinies, and futures are forged by the choices we make
-I believe the choices of others also affect our lives, futures and destinies
-the right choices are crucial, especially as you get older
-there are far too many among us that are “victims” of our own and others bad choices
-this will be the first President that my 12 year old child will really remember
-assuming he goes 8 years, he will influence her from childhood to adulthood
-she will have the privilege to make a “choice” in 8 years for the next person
-we have taken that “privilege” for granted and cheapened it
-God is still God; Jesus Christ is still His only Son
-He still holds all the rulers of this planet in the palm of His hand
-they would have no power if it wasn’t given by Him
-bad choices make bad rulers, good choices make good rulers
-tough choices can make even bad rulers good rulers


As we ushered in a New Year(s) I had a lot of thoughts about 2008 here a few:

-It’ ok with me 2008 is ending
-Planning to make 2009 a stunner
-Thankful for making it to 2009
-Have supremely enjoyed being a part of the LPC praise and worship team
-I’m thankful for my girls Gail, Nichole, and Trixie
-Was in awe of how God is working in Plantation Key
-Wish it had happened when we lived there we’d be charter members for sure
-Played in that church many times but never dreamed I’d be there again
-2008 had a LOT of challenges
-I obtained 2 state insurance licenses in 2008, represents a lot of work
-All my parents are having a really tough time of things
-I hate that… passionately
-2009 may not be a favorite year for any of them
-We elected our first black President in 2008
-Yes we have come a long way
-Not sure it’s the right way, but a long way
-Saw the highest and lowest gas prices in like… ever!
-That should scare us a little, ok a lot that’s not a “correction” it’s volitile
-2008 we started to bail out any company that needed a billion bucks
-I need a billion bucks
-Led our Life Group at our house through Dave Ramsey’s book “Financial Peace”
-The timing could never have been better, ummm… unless I had gone through it 25 years ago
-We were officially upside down in our house all of 2008
-Don’t see that changing for a pretty long time
-2008 our house went from “our house” to “an investment property that we’re stuck in”
-Lost about a ¼ of our retirement in 2008
-We “reallocated” to the fixed return just to stop the hemmorhage
-Happy New Year(s) everybody!!


Back before Halloween my mom sent a little card to my daughter that had like $10 in it and when we went to pull it out of the mail box the only thing in it was the empty envelope. The card and the cash were gone, just an opened envelope. We determined that it had to have been done by someone at the post office because my mom dropped it in the post office mailbox when she was out one day, and we further deduced it was likely someone at the Homestead post office because how would an empty ripped opened envelope make it through the sorter?!.

Regardless it was in their care, custody, and control. We also learned the lesson as to why they tell you to never mail cash.

Below is a little email a friend of mine sent because she knew the story, the language is a bit colorful… sorry:

There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job it was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed in shaky handwriting to God, with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.

The letter read:
Dear God,
I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension.
Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the
money I had until my next pension check.

Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over
for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no
family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me?

The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few
dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.

Christmas came and went.

A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read:

Dear God,
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me?
Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends.
We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift.

By the way, there was $4 missing.
I think it must have been those bastards at the Post Office.
Sincerely yours,