April 2006


No offense to any of my current friends, because you really are great people, but I'm really longing for some fresh faces.  I want to meet new people.  I want to get to know someone I barely know.  Believe it or not, I kinda wanna know what it's like to be the "new guy" in a group of friends.  I feel like for the longest time I've been the old guy that's "always been around."  Does any of this make sense?

Why am I feeling this way?  I have some ideas.  Maybe because three of my closest friends are getting married soon?  Maybe because a majority of my remaining close friends are involved in relationships that take up most of their time?  Maybe I've met some really cool people recently, but I'm having difficultly getting to know them as much as I would like?  Those are a few possible reasons.

Something I've learned as I've been thinking about this is that it is very difficult to penetrate an already close-knit group.  They already know each other's quirks, how to push each other's buttons, the recurring inside jokes.  I want to be the "new guy," but it's hard to even get to that point.  Again, I'm wondering if this is making any sense to anyone but myself, but I suppose it doesn't really matter.  *Click*

Does anything we do go exactly the way we planned? How come what I envision in my mind never matches the reality that actually comes to be? Think about it… A conversation. A speech. A date. A trip. These, and many others, are things I find myself envisioning in my head. How is it that our brains can create such vivid and believable pictures of the "perfect" scenario, yet we are still not capable of making it happen the same way?

For example, lets say that you decide to tell someone how you feel. Before you actually go through with it, you run the scene in your mind, over and over again. Each time, you think of the perfect thing to say and deliver it with eloquence and confidence… but only in your mind. When the time finally comes to do it for real… it all goes out the window. The perfect delivery and words you were once so confident saying in your head are nothing but a jumbled, nervous, and incoherent mess. I mean, you may still get your point across, but not the way you were sure it would happen.

I know that you can never be 100% sure on the outcome of any scenario, especially those involving more than one person. However, you'd think that we could at least do our part exactly the way we wanted. Maybe some of you may have been so lucky, but as for me, I still haven't been able to accomplish this. Am I the only one that feels this way?

If you have any knowledge of the Churches of Christ, you will find this hilarious.  My favorite part is definitely the Ladies Mode.  Be sure to read what it says in the screenshot.

Here's just a sample of the millions of thoughts my mind has processed today…

  • "A Horse Named Bill" is definitely in the top 5 of my favorite songs from my childhood. Possibly number one! That song is still hilarious after all these years.
  • Apparently, Spring only lasts for four days now. Am I wrong or was it only a week or so ago that the high was barely reaching 50? Now it's in the mid-80s?!
  • Have you ever wondered if one of those brown bits of Oreo cookie in your Cookies 'n Cream shake isn't a cookie at all? Someone could easily put a few flies in there and no one would even notice.
  • American Inventor is pretty decent… for a reality show.
  • "Pretty Girl" by Reigning Sound is a great song. Nothing mind-blowing or terribly innovative… it's just plain good. (Thanks, Jim.)
  • I really just need quit making excuses and just go for it. Why is that so hard?
  • Our customers can be some serious idiots sometimes… then again, so can our employees.
  • I want to go see Brian Regan. I need to go see Brian Regan.
  • Bluecotton has the best 'hold music' ever, and it's all thanks to me.
  • I want to get a Mac, but I don't know which to get. Should I get 20" iMac? A MacBook Pro? Should I just wait for the successor to the iBook? Either way, I think I'm just gonna wait until OS X Leopard comes out.
  • I get a little bit of joy watching a grown man kick his legs like a child when I put eyedrops in his eyes. (Thanks again, Jim.)
  • If you leave a Zaxby's salad sitting around too long, it starts to stink up the place. (It wasn't my salad.)
  • "Oh crap."
  • Thanks to DVR, I instinctively want to fast-forward through commercials all the time.
  • I have a hunch that Michael is working with "The Others" now. I could be totally wrong.
  • I only saw a few clips of the new, ABC-produced version of The Ten Commandments. Based on that alone… it sucks.
  • Galatians 5 talks about the fruit of the Spirit. There is no 's' on the end of it. It is not fruits of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are not fruits. They, together, make up the fruit of the Spirit. They are one fruit. Interesting, huh? Kinda makes you rethink all those "Fruits of the Spirit" lessons some of you may have heard growing up.
  • Mates of State's "For the Actor" is very danceable.

Many of you may have received the following (or something similar) in your e-mail inbox…

On Wednesday, April 4, 2006, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 a.m. the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

That won't ever happen again.

This is simply NOT true! Why don't people realize this? Think about it. This will happen once every 100 years. Sure, it may not happen again in my lifetime, but will most certainly happen again… unless, of course, Christ comes back before then. Anyway, you get the point.