Wouldn’t It Be Good

If you grew up in the 80s, you gotta remember this song by Nik Kershaw. I still love it. And it always makes me think of my old friend, Al Lewis. I heard he headed out west years ago and became either a prospector or a plastic surgeon. I’m not sure. Anyway, if you’re out there Al…this one’s for you and Marcia Tenenbaum.

This isn’t the actual song. It’s an acoustic version…and it’s a tight groove.

Attention: BEWARE OF SHAMELESS PLUG BELOW

BTW, We’re doing a similar version of it this Sunday morning at the Summit church with Evan Crabtree on the acoustic. Let’s hope it turns out this nice.

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Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 7:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: Starbucks Doubleshot Energy+Coffee Cinnamon Dulce

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This one’s for the wife.

Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 5:04 am  Comments (1)  

Derrick Brooks…my man.

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Tampa Bay Bucs fans are shocked and saddened by yesterday’s announcement. And I am, too. Because the NFL career of one of the all-time greats could be over. Future Hall-of-Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks was released yesterday. On the way out, Coach Raheem Morris called him a “legend.”

Not only was I fortunate enough to attend Florida State University at the same time Derrick Brooks played, I actually had a couple of classes with him. I used to roll my eyes and make a commotion when he’d sit in front of me every once in a while. The guy’s neck was thicker than my quad! Huge! So with big Derrick in front of you, you couldn’t see anything. And the guy seemed to always have a smile on his face. Very big. Very dangerous-looking. And yet, Derrick seemed to always have a gentle spirit about him. Truly seemed like a good guy. Here’s what he said was his favorite Bible verse:

His favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

No, I didn’t know him all that well personally. And there’s no way he’d ever remember me. But we were always proud of the way he played football for FSU…and even prouder of the way he handled himself off the field as well. Sure, we glorify football players way too much these days. But this guy was and is special. How many football players end up on the Board of Trustees for the university? Derrick did. He’s helped to start schools and made a huge difference in the lives of many Tampa kids over the last couple of years. Here’s what he had to say about FSU back in 2003:

“Florida State helped me grow from a boy into a man,” Brooks said. “It taught me the value of loyalty, friendship, family and winning. Success is contagious. We were the best and it was fun to show it. We worked hard to stay at the top. Now I can use my FSU lessons to be the best man I can. Representing the garnet and gold never, never gets old.”

You’ve represented us well, Derrick. Good luck to you in whatever life holds for you in 2009 and after your football career is over. And here’s hoping that there’s more “Derrick Brooks”-type players still to come for FSU.

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 7:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Hollywood Logo Stories.

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We see them every time we watch a movie. But have you ever wondered what the story is behind these studio logos? Some of the answers can be found here.

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 7:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Lost Recap 5.06 – “316”

Little late this week. Sorry about that. But here’s a TON of info to look over as you get ready for tonight’s episode. As always, all of this is spoiler-free. None of it’s official in any way. But there’s some pretty interesting thoughts in here that I’ve gathered from the world wide inter-world-web. Enjoy, and feel free to comment!

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There’s Jack, blinking awake as he did in Lost’s very first episode, this time looking not hopelessly lost, but gloriously born again. There’s Kate, whose motivations for making the return trip were deliberately kept from us (all the better for a future flashback episode, my dears). And there’s Hurley, whose carry-on baggage included a new comic book (one of my all time favorites, Y: The Last Man, written by Brian K. Vaughan, who also happens to be Lost producer) and a guitar case – a token of Charlie, required to complete the set of symbolic talismans needed to conjure some portal-opening magic. (I think.)

Much more after the jump!

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Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 5:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Tailgate!

Ever wanted to deep-fry your Zero Bar right before game time? It’s no longer a dream, my friend. It’s reality.

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Fried foods and football go together so well, we’re surprised we hadn’t seen one of these on a tailgate until this past weekend. The Coleman Frywell Portable Deep Fryer ($170) is a propane-powered 6,000-BTU/hour fryer with a large 6 qt. basket that holds up to a pound of parking lot provisions.

  • Sports a weather-resistant high-gloss metallic-painted steel exterior and a corrosion-resistant heavy duty plated steel basket.
  • No cords needed.
  • Propane powered.
  • Over-temperature shut-off sensor helps prevent overheating.
  • Functional lid is spring-loaded, view through, vented, complete with latches to keep securely closed.
  • Capable of 450ºF cooking and fast recovery between batches.

Gentlemen, start your fryers.

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 5:29 am  Comments (1)  

Deja Vu.

As I watched the Oscars this past Sunday night, I had this haunting feeling that somehow I had seen Mickey Rourke’s look before.

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[Thanks Best Week Ever]

Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm  Leave a Comment