Archive for 2012

Christmas Break

I’m here – I’m just on holiday this week. Regular posting to resume after the New Year, although it will be down to twice a week rather than thrice. I’m aiming for Tuesday and Thursday mornings, in case you’re keeping track.

You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.

1 Samuel 12:21

What Style?

Psy Oppa Gangnam Style

Oppa Gingham Style - Psy wearing a red-checkered gingham suit, not quite a dress

Gingham Style – Psy’s got nothing on Dorothy.

You shall weave the tunic of checkered work of fine linen, and shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash, the work of a weaver.

Exodus 28:39

Cards Have Been Mailed

I’ve been spending my time putting together the Christmas card (actually, it’s a flyer this year), so I don’t have much of anything to post here today.

Am I the only one who still sorts Christmas cards by ZIP code before mailing them? It used to be that was appreciated by the postal workers who had to sort the outgoing mail. Is that stuff all automated now anyway?

No matter, I still like sorting them myself.

Random note: my brother wins the award for highest ZIP code number in our list this year.

For when the people were numbered, behold, not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead was there.

Judges 21:9

Compared to a Light Bulb

As I was setting up a new appliance this weekend, I noticed the marketing hype on the packaging: “Only uses as much electricity as four 100-watt light bulbs!”

Four 100-watt light bulbs is a fair amount of electricity. Four of those appliances could trip a circuit breaker.

I realized, shortly after reading that phrase, that most electrical products can be made to sound insignificant if you compare them to light bulbs.

For example, my water heater uses only as much electricity as 45 light bulbs!

And my electric fireplace uses the same amount of electricity as 15 light bulbs!

You know what? I’m heating my house with electricity and it is costing me mere pennies per day!

Never mind that it is hundreds of pennies per day, maybe even a thousand pennies per day in really cold weather. The fact is that I do heat my house with electricity and it does cost me pennies per day.

You can’t argue with that, can you?

by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;

2 Corinthians 6:8

All I Want for Christmas

comic of an alphabet singing Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You' but with the letter U instead of the word you

With apologies to Mariah Carey, and thanks to Magix.L for the Caricature font.

But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.

Acts 19:39

All-Haiku Bowl Predictions, 2012

Based on the popularity existence of last year’s article predicting bowl games in haiku form, I present to you this year’s all-haiku bowl game predictions. Still America’s only all-haiku college football bowl game predictions.

These are listed in order of date (earliest first). Some picks are whom I think will win, and some picks are whom I want to win. I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to decide which is which.

Random Tips for Living, Part 5

  • Parent Tip: If your child has a loose tooth, give him and his brother each sword-type objects. They will naturally start sword fighting, and inevitably a child will get hit in the face and start crying. You have a 50/50 chance of that child being the one with the loose tooth. In our case, they were foam baseball bats and yes, the loose tooth did get knocked out.
  • Church Youth Leader Tip: Don’t close your eyes during the program’s opening or closing prayers. In my case, I’m with the 3rd- through 6th-grade boys. No, as one of the leaders. If all the boys’ leaders closed their eyes during the prayer, when we opened our eyes half the boys would be gone and the other half would have each other in headlocks. Keep at least one eye open.
  • Parent Tip: Do not tickle one child when another child is throwing a ball at him. In this hypothetical example, when one child raised his arms to catch the ball, the parent allegedly tickled him, causing him to bring his arms back down to protect his armpits. The ball was then able to travel unimpeded to the child’s face, theoretically speaking.

Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

2 Chronicles 7:15