Nine is my favorite number, too.  I was born at 9, on 9/9/75 and weighed 9lbs.  I wrestled 189lbs. in high school and scored nine touchdowns my senior year.  I met the love of my life in 9/2001 and was married in 9/2002.  I came home from Iraq in 9/2003.
9/2002

9/2002

I will always remember this day.  Thank you for snapping the picture, Karen.  And Ashlee, Daddy is so proud of you.  Remember, you are my 2nd favorite girl in the whole wide world, “Flicka.”  I love you!

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I am taking on my Pastor’s challenge of reading a chapter from the book of Matthew everyday from now until Easter. Here is what I got from the 1st chapter:

18 “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.”

Can you imagine if this happened today to what society calls a “righteous man?” They would be on every talk show and court TV. Way to go Joseph! By the way, nice name.

Joseph's dream

Joseph's dream

Grandparent's house

Grandparent's house

'88 Grand Wagoneer

'88 Grand Wagoneer

 

Me and Ash

Me and Ash

 

Reeces

Reeces

The first pic is of a mural that I saw at a customer’s house that my deceased Grandparent’s used to have in their house.  Boy, did that bring back some memories.  The second photo is of my new toy.  THANK’S DAD!  The third is my daughter’s first date, w/ her dad of course.  I hope I will always be her first “boyfriend.”  I love you FLICKA!   And finally…the fourth is my wife’s new best friend.

“Taking Chance” (HBO)

This is a great film that encaptures  exactly what happens to the remains of a fallen AMERICAN Warrior from the base in Germany to his hometown.  Kevin Bacon’s character (Lt. Col. Michael Strobl) volunteers to escort the body of a fallen Marine, LCpl. Chance Phelps, who happens to be from his hometown but is also a stranger to him.   It is an excellant movie for those who “get it.”   For those of you who don’t get it, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post, either way I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to (sorry wrong movie).  Taking Chance is not about war, it’s about sacrifice, life and death.  Something we all experience.  I advise you to see it.  If you do not have HBO, I am sure it will come out on video soon.  Get a box of tissues ready, even you dudes.

Life is not like MONOPOLY.  If you bankrupt in life, you cannot fold up the table and play again next year.  Just as war is not like a video game (even though the best men I served with, fought like it was one, with NO FEAR).

Throughout this movie you will see a “community” of Americans stop to put their hands over their “chest” as the body of LCpl. Chance Phelps passes by them.    Thank you, America, for appreciating his sacrifice and to my Vietnam Veteran friends:  This is the respect that your fallen brothers should have received. 

Semper Fi, Chance.

The following song is by one of my most recent favorite bands the Foo Fighters.  Celebrating two years of sobriety today and listening to the lyrics to this song on the way to work seemed way too fitting not to share.  Thanks to all of my friends for their love and support, especially my beloved wife, Karen.

 

Seems like only yesterday
Life belonged to runaways
Nothing here to see, no looking back
Every sound monotone
Every color monochrome
Life began to fade into the black
Such a simple animal
Sterilized with alcohol
I could hardly feel me anymore

Desperate and meaningless
All filled up with emptiness
Felt like everything was said and done

I lay there in the dark, and I closed my eyes
You saved me the day you came alive

Still I try to find my way
Spinning hours into days
Burning like a flame behind my eyes
Drown in out, drink it in
Crown the king of suffering
Prisoner, a slave to the disguise
Disappear the only thing
Bittersweet surrendering

Knew that it was time to say goodbye

I lay there in the dark and I closed my eyes
You saved me the day you came alive
No reason left me to survive
You saved me the day you came alive

Come Alive [x33]

I lay there in the dark and I closed my eyes
You saved me the day you came alive

Come Alive [x15]

Nothing more to give
I can finally live
Come alive

Your life into me
I can finally breathe
Come alive

I lay there in the dark
And opened my eyes
You saved me the day you came alive

A-Rod minus 30lbs. of muscle
A-Rod minus 30lbs. of muscle

Really, you didn’t think A-Rod did steroids?  I think it would be easier at this point to just get a list of who did not use.

“You can truly learn from those who have hit rock bottom”-Bill Dallas, author of “Lessons from San Quentin.” He embezzled money from people in the 80’s, sort of like that snake Madoff, only he served 2 1/2 years of hard time. Now this guy I believe!  Why don’t I believe Ted Haggard? I guess because this guy never went around preaching about how they should lock up all white collar criminals. Whereas, Ted Haggard preached that all homosexuals were wrong and going to hell while he was screwing a male prostitute and smoking meth on the side. Crazy world, somebody ought to sell tickets to these shows….Click here to watch video: http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=3482754&maven_referralPlaylistId=&sRevUrl=http://www.foxnews.com/americasnewsroom/

Go away and pray, dude!

Go away and pray, dude!