Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Monday, January 22, 2007

I took the boys camping this weekend. This is little mans first time camping, in a tent, without mama, just the guys. We had a great time. My friend David invited us to a church sponsored cookout. It was basically a wild game dinner. They had anything from rattlesnake to alligator to opossum to rabbit to mountain oysters -yummy. I stepped up to the plate and went wild, I had the wild yard bird, AKA chicken and ham and those wild free ranging baked beans were surprisingly very good. Hunter, my oldest went a little wild himself trying the alligator and the rabbit. I think he liked the rabbit he went back three times for it.

This was truly a guys weekend, not only did they have wild game but they had all kinds of shooting events. From skeet shooting to pistol competitions to a turkey shoot. All very well managed and lots of safety rules. Hunter on his first try killed one of those skeets, it won't be bothering any one any more. (For those of you who do not know what a skeet is it is just a round clay object thrown in the air by a machine. ) I even let Zach take a turn, actually I was the one holding the shotgun he just pulled the trigger.

Halfway through the weekend I figured out what the whole deal was about. It wasn't the eating or the games it was about the fellowship. I spoke to one guy who looked like Grizzly Adams, he had just finished taking his turn at the turkey shoot. He said that he loved being there getting to be in the competition but it was being around people who believed the same things he believed in that was so cool. He was right, it was cool. I guess that is why we need to go to church. We need people around us who believe the same as we do so that when the devil is trying to knock us down we have friends who can help us stand back up again.

Anyway, I hope yall had a great weekend.
God bless, Joe

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

  Free TV

OK OK, I get it! I owe you a post. First of all thanks to the three people who have said they wanted to see a post from me. I guess there are some people out there who want to read stuff from an self-proclaimed idiot.
First of all, for the first time in a long time things are finally going my way. I don't want to jinx anything but life is good right now. After forty one years on this planet I finally got my big screen TV. So you know where I have been sitting for the past few months and it has not been in front of my computer. High Def is where it is at! I wasn't going to tell you this story but I may as well since I have not written anything in a long time.
I got a promotion at work last month, a raise and a company vehicle. So the first thing I thought was I can take my old car and sell it and buy the TV I have always wanted and it won't cost me anything. WRONG, this is where my wife enters the story. I found a 50" DLP, HD Samsung for a ridiculously low price. I am thinking to myself, "Joe, you are such a smart guy." Then my wife tells me we need a TV stand to display this behemoth. Our old TV stand would only handle a 36" TV. We looked around and all we could find was contemporary type stuff, black laminate with glass. Not my wife's style. Finally she tells me she found the TV stand but it is not a TV stand but an entertainment center. IT COST MORE THAN THE TV! I thought OK, I can live with it, it makes my TV look even better. And besides we have never bought anything like that to put into our living room, plus I got a raise we can afford it. Then she informs me that this entertainment center does not match our old living room furniture. OH GREAT, now I have to buy a new couch. Twice as much as my new TV. So now my new "free" TV ended up costing me three times what I wanted to pay. I guess all I can say id Merry Christmas to me (for the next three years.)
Here is a picture, tell me what you think.

Free TV