Monday, October 30, 2006

Kelly-ism #6

I came home late tonight after softball and this is what I found on the kitchen counter - Kelly's breakfast already laid out for tomorrow morning.

Kelly does this to save time in the morning when she has to leave in a hurry. I realize it makes total sense and helps her get out the door on time.

It's just funny to see that she even puts a straw in the cup in order to save an extra 5 seconds in the morning!!

I know, I'm going to appreciate this kind of organization and preparedness once Tate gets here.

But meanwhile, it's just one of those cute things my wife does that makes me giggle!

PS: Yes, this is the famous breakfast Kelly eats every single morning! Peanut butter on wheat bread with her doctor approved one-and-only Diet Coke - the breakfast of champions!

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Shocking Confession #3

In over 7 years of marriage, I have lost my wedding band 3.5 times! I know – shocking!

So shocking in fact, today I got called out from the pulpit by my preacher at church about it! No kidding!

Let me explain:

Infraction #1: During our first year of marriage I noticed one day after playing golf that I lost my ring sometime during the round. I felt particularly bad about losing my ring because Valentine’s was the following day. I waited until February 15th before telling Kelly. I bought a replacement on February 16th.

I was elated a couple months later when I found my ring still inside my golf glove! For some reason, Kelly didn’t share my enthusiasm!

Infraction #1.5: A few months later, having learned not to wear my wedding ring while playing golf, I took off my ring and left it in my car before heading out on the course. Since it was a particularly hot day, my ring was exceptionally hot when I returned to the car.

To cool if off, I turned on the A/C and held my ring directly in front of the vent. Unfortunately my ring dropped down the A/C vent like a quarter in a coke machine!

For the next week I could hear my ring roll back and forth inside my dash – each time prompting a glare from Kelly in the passenger seat. The service rep at the car dealership said that I was the very first person to bring in a car with this type of problem – you don’t say?

(I’m only charging my self with a half infraction for this one since technically I didn’t lose my ring . . . I just couldn’t reach it.)

Infraction #2.5: We all know what it feels like to move, right? All your possessions are boxed up. You don’t know where anything is. You’re out of your routine. You don’t have that little place where you put things so they don’t get lost.

It’s perfectly understandable that personal items can get misplaced during this transitional period, isn’t it?

I bought a second replacement.

Infraction #3.5: During this past summer, some guys from our church played in a basketball league. Just before playing in a game, I could have sworn I put my ring in my gym bag. When I got home and opened my gym bag I was shocked to find no ring. I called the rec center but nobody had returned it.

So I bought my third replacement.

Just this past week I received a phone call from our preacher, David, who said that he had found a wedding ring in on his closet floor and wondered if it was mine – it was! I thanked him for calling and asked him not to let me forget to get it from him during church today. I’ll never ask him that again . . .

During his sermon today, David started a story by saying, “So I walked into my closet this week and found something peculiar on the floor . . .”

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did!

He proceeded to use my personal issues with wedding bands as an analogy for the whole church to learn from! One of Kelly’s proudest moments as my wife no doubt!

The funny side of his story is that when he found the unfamiliar men’s wedding band in his closet he immediately became suspicious of his wife! He called up his wife at work and said, “I found something in the closet! Is there something you want to tell me?” She said, “No. I can’t talk right now – I’m eating lunch with my boss!” Which only increased his suspicions.

Before David’s imagination got too far out of control he stopped and realized that it might belong to one of the guys on the basketball team. That’s when he started calling around.

After church I told David that if I was going to get called out from the pulpit I could think of a lot worse things to get called out on!

Anyway - At this rate, I will have lost my ring 24.5 times when Kelly and I reach our 50th Anniversary. That is to say that Kelly doesn’t first leave me before then for losing my wedding ring 24.5 times!

I love you, Babe!

Here's a picture of Macy admiring my collection of wedding rings!
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QOTW Results

I loved CapN' Crunch growing up. I remember eating it for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

The only problem was that all the preservatives at Quaker Oats couldn't keep the cereal from getting soggy so it was always a race to eat it before it turned into CapN' Mush.

But CapN' Crunch was a staple for any Saturday morning. It was the perfect add-on to Looney Tunes, Transformers and the League of Justice!

Once I grew out of CapN' Crunch to switched to Grape Nuts. But I only liked it after I added a couple of packs of Sween-N-Low to sweeten it up.

Gotta feed that sweet tooth!

Other won out this week so I'm looking forward to hearing which was your favorite kid's cereal growing up.

"Which is your favorite kid's cereal?"

Total votes: 17

Other: 6 votes, 35%

Lucky Charms: 4 votes, 23%

CapN' Crunch: 3 votes, 17%

Fruit Loops: 2 votes, 11%

Apple Jacks: 1 vote, 5%

Coaco Puffs: 1 vote, 5%

Frosted Flakes, Trix, Rice Krispies: 0 votes

Friday, October 27, 2006

Announcing Tate's Online Baby Pool!

I'm starting a baby pool for Tate!

Guess the day when he'll be born, how much he'll weigh and how long he'll be!

It's free to play - so get in on the action!

The winner will get a $25 Gift Certificate from Barnes & Noble.

ExpectNet calculates an overall winner by totalling penalty points from each category:

Incorrect gender: 400 points - No excuse for getting this one wrong!
Birth date & time: 5 points/hour
Weight: 5 points/ounce or 0.2 points/gram
Length: 10 points/inch or 4 points/centimeter

The winner is the person with the fewest points.

Click here or on the banner above to play.

Game name: LittleManTate

Good luck!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Waste of Time Website of the Week

Have you ever felt like being a pest just for the sake of pestering someone?

You can fill your pestering urges by clicking here.

This is a really stupid website where you can see how many times you can poke a penguin before the little guy finally loses it. He has several 'over-reactions' so be sure to poke again.

Have fun wasting your time!

PS: Just to make sure 'poke the penguin' wasn't street slang for something really bad, I looked it up at

It means to make a nun really mad.

Example: Dude, I totally poked that penguin when I egged her house.

It's safe to say that I have lost all my street cred!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Kelly-ism #5

As you would expect, Kelly continues to issue one-liners and zingers as only she can. However, they have recently been coming in the form of 'just had to be there' humor - I could tell you what she said but I just don't think I can do it justice in the blogosphere.

. . . That is until Kelly causually mentioned after one such zinger, "You know, I think pregnancy has made me really funny."

Hmmmm . . . I wonder if labor and delivery will have the same affect on her!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Power of Prayer . . . and Pickles!

I usually don't bog you all down with my cycling stories - mostly because I know they are about as interesting as my dad's golf stories - sorry, Dad! But, I'll try to make this good . . .

Yesterday I rode in the Crazy Kicker Bike Rally. 50 miles through the most gorgeous scenery west of Mineral Wells - the only problem is that there is not a flat stretch of road the entire route. You're either going up or going down. Going down wouldn't be that bad if your thighs weren't still burning from going up!

Because of the up's and down's I tried something new this time - pure 100% pickle juice! The high-salt content in pickle juice helps with cramps and gives you quite a kick! It worked great for me yesterday! No joke - even agrees!

Seriously, I felt like I was on steroids . . . uh . . . not that I would know what being on steroids was like . . . so . . . maybe you should just ignore that part.

Unfortunately it would take a lot more than just pickle juice to get up Cherry Pie Hill - a 15% grade incline with 4 switchbacks! This is the type of hill that makes you regret ever taking up cycling. There were signs on the side of the road saying, "There's no shame in walking!"

Anyway, about halfway up I began to really struggle so to focus I actually distracted myself by thinking of Kelly and Tate. I said a little prayer for them both. I prayed that God would grant Kelly peace of mind and comfort of body. I prayed that God would help Tate grow strong and healthy. And I prayed that He would give them both a good day - yesterday was also our first baby shower.

At the end of my prayer I suddenly realized something . . . I was now at the top of Cherry Pie Hill and pedaling at a faster rate then I was when I started at the bottom!

I don't want to get too cheesy, hokey or whatever you want to call it - but at that same moment a thought crossed my mind: Our own struggles don't seem near as bad when we are in constant prayer for other people.

As for the ride: 50 miles in 3 hours with a top speed coming down Cherry Pie Hill that Kelly would not be very happy about . . . but boy it was fun!

QOTW Results

No reason why I asked - just curious!

"Which is your favorite top grossing animated Disney movie?"

Total votes: 22

Finding Nemo: 8 votes, 36%

The Incredibles: 5 votes, 22%

Monsters, Inc.: 4 votes, 18%

Aladdin: 2 votes, 9%

The classics were better: 2 votes 9%

The Lion King: 1 vote, 4%

Toy Story 2: 0 votes

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thanks a lot . . . 1 Year and $1500 later!

For those of you who don't know, I wear a hearing aid because of a birth defect.

I started wearing a hearing aid while at ACU because that was when digital technology in hearing aids came out - until then the analog stuff wasn't much help.

I found an audiologist in Abilene who got me fitted with my hearing aid and I kept using him even after Kelly and I moved back to Fort Worth after graduation.

In October of last year my hearing aid needed a few repairs so I UPS'ed it back to my audiologist in Abilene. The only problem was that UPS ended up losing my hearing aid mid-transit! Save that tracking number, folks!

I called them for 2 weeks and they kept telling me that they lost it somewhere at their Distribution Hub in Mesquite, "Sorry, Mr. Stryinuck - it seems it went in but never came out!".

Luckily I purchased a $1500 insurance policy from UPS when I paid for the shipping - it only cost me an extra $12. So after a few more weeks I got a check from UPS and had my hearing aid replaced by a local audiologist.

The reason I'm telling you about all this is because I got a voice mail today from my old audiologist in Abilene, "Mr. Stresiyuck, just wanted you to know that we received your hearing aid and we'll call you when it's fixed."

1 year and $1500 later, UPS finally made the delivery!

What can Brown do for me? Don't ask!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Biff does Stand-Up!

Brian D found another great video for us!

It's Biff from Back to the Future - his name is Tom Wilson.

Apparently he's doing stand-up comedy now - clever guy!

(Double-click play button to start video)

Thanks, Brian!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

QOTW Results

My question this past week was prompted by a trip to our local Target.

While walking through the baby section I found my new favorite t-shirt for Tate.

It's a Beatles t-shirt for babies!! Ha!

I was also surprised to see t-shirts for The Rolling Stones - which got me thinking, "I wonder which t-shirts they sell more of: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?"

Hence my question.

Quite frankly, I'm not too surprised The Beatles won my Question of the Week! I think they're much more indearing and their music was by far much more innovative.

To me, The Rolling Stones seem to have a sound they stuck with, albeit a good sound. What separated The Beatles was they practically had a new distinctive sound with each new album. For instance, compare Sgt. Pepper's to Help! or The White Album to Hard Day's Night.

And that's why Tate will be a big fan of theirs as well. He'll have a unique sound all his own as well! Plus, he'll just appreciate really good Rock N' Roll!

Here are the results from this week's Question of the Week:

"The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?"

Total: 15 votes

I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles): 10 votes, 66%

Start Me Up! (The Rolling Stones): 1 vote, 6%

Neither, they're both old!: 4 votes, 26%

(PS: For those of you who think The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are too old to matter and therefore don't know otherwise, I've Got a Feeling and Start Me Up! are songs by each group.)

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Friday, October 13, 2006

I pity us all!

Everybody has a reality TV show these days.

Case in point, be sure to stop down and watch TV Land's I Pity the Fool, starring (you guessed it!) Mr. T himself!

Are you kidding me? You mean some executive at TV Land thought so much of Mr. T's jibba jabba that they gave him his own TV show?

In that case, what about me? I should have a TV show! People could vote on how long it takes me to find my car keys each morning!

As for Mr. T, let's keep track of how many times he gets confused and says "Hey kids! Eat your drugs and say no to vegetables!"

Obviously Mr. Big Time Exec at TV Land never saw this jem of a video sent to me by Brian D!

Here are some Mr. T fast facts:

- Born Laurence Tureaud on May 21, 1952.

- Was the 11th of 12 kids (Holy cow!)

- Awarded a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M, Texas where he majored in Mathematics but was thrown out after his first year.

- For about 10 years, he worked as a bodyguard for Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Steve McQueen, and Diana Ross. He charged around $3,000 a day. His business card read, "Next to God, there is no greater protector than I".

- In 2005, after seeing the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. T announced he would never wear his chains again, saying they were "an insult to God", and donated clothing and money to Katrina victims.

Like I said, I pity us all!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Today's Top 10 . . .

Top 10 Reasons Why North Korea's Kim Jong-Il Wants a Nuclear Weapon:

10. His new glasses and hair-do doesn’t seem to impress the ladies.

9. All the other deranged psychotic dictators have one.

8. Wants to finally win that elusive blue ribbon at the Pyongyang Jr. High School Science Fair.

7. Actually, he thinks it’s a time machine.

6. Still mad that he wasn’t drafted to pitch for the New York Yankees.

5. Turned down by Bravo to have his own reality TV show because he wasn’t interesting enough.

4. Tired of always being mistaken for a Hobbit.

3. Things just haven’t gone well ever since he appeared on The Ricki Lake Show.

2. Wants to trade it for handful of magical beans.

1. Plans to use it on Osama Bin Laden for accusing him of cheating at Scrabble.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Is this the best we've got?

Political banter of any kind usually gives me tired-head in 3.5 seconds or less, but I'm going to stop down for a moment because our current Texas gubernatorial race is a perfect example of why I avoid politics at all cost.

For those of you who don't know:

Supposedly, incumbent Governor Rick Perry is leading the polls at 33%.

Carol Keaton "One Tough Grandma" Strayhorn (I) is second at 22%.

Chris Bell (D) is third at around 18%.

Kinky Friedman (I) is fourth at 16%.

So you can look at this one of two ways: Gov. Perry has a 10 point lead on his competition OR the majority of Texas wants someone other than Perry to be governor.

There's still plenty of politic-ing to go but it looks like unless it is discovered that Rick Perry has been sending inappropriate text messages to Al-Qeada he'll retain his seat as governor.

But here's my point in bringing up this gobblely-gook: In the political juggernaut that is the great state of Texas, is this the best we can come up with in a gubernatorial race? Are there not more dynamic, qualified, reasonable, viable candidates for governor somewhere in Texas?

For governor we get to choose from:

- An incumbent who, for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on, I just can't get totally comfortable with. (Sorry, Mom!)

- A democratic candidate who is so bland I forget his name as soon as I hear it.

- Some lady who wants us all to refer to her as 'One Tough Grandma'. (One Tough Grandma? Oh pa-leaze! Ann Richards had death rays shooting from her eyes compared to this woman!)

- Some guy named Kinky who can't make a point unless he can emphatically stab his cigar in the air while he's talking - which I think he does to draw attention away from the fact that he is horribly misinformed on almost all things pertaining to state politics.

So forgive me if I don't jump in my car and rush to the voting booths next month. Let's just say that I am more impressed with my 6-year old niece's rendition of Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'.

QOTW Results

Business Math at ACU will always hold a special memory in my mind. Not because it provided me a venue to showoff my impressive 'human calculator' talent*, but because that class was when I first saw Kelly and thought, "Hey now!"

I showed up late for class (imagine that!) and the only untaken seat was to Kelly's immediate right. The lay-out of the room meant that I would have to spend the entire semester looking directly past Kelly's profile in order to see the teacher.

Best seat in the house - sometimes it pays to runs a few minutes late!

I'm sure Kelly had similar 'hey now!' thoughts when she saw me but because she was dating some jerk at the time she obviously had to restrain herself.

By the way, if said-jerk happens to be reading this then: That's right! You were a jerk!

Anyway, take a moment this week to remember the first thing that crossed your mind when you met your significant other and then tell them why you've got a smile on your face.

And, if you're comfortable, feel free to share with us what it was!

"What was the first thing you noticed about your significant other?"

Total votes: 13 votes

His or her looks: 4 votes, 30%

His or her brains: 3 votes, 23%

His or her sense of humor: 3 votes, 23%

Actually, he/she noticed me first: 2 votes, 15%

His or her wardrobe: 1 vote, 7%

His or her car: 0 votes


Friday, October 06, 2006

I hate Chick-Fil-A Cookies & Cream Shakes!

Actually they're really, really good.

Which means I have to eat them all the time. Which means I have to ride further on my bike . . . which is why I hate them.

If you have never partaken of this sweet nectar of life then I advise you resist temptation at all cost! Once you have one they seem to call our your name everytime you drive by a Chick-Fil-A.

Sometimes I resist - but most times I don't!

By the way, did you know that it only cost $5,000 to purchase a Chick-Fil-A franchise? They make thier money by making the owners pay a ton in royalties!

The hard part is the interview process! S. Truett Cathy (founder) is super picky on who he awards franchises to.

Owners with well performing locations (and which of them aren't?) can make an annual salary of $150,000 - top performers can earn up to $250,000!

It's actually not a bad gig - other than having to work on Saturdays and the average age of the employees being somewhere in the neigborhood of 16.5 years old!

And I should know, I used to be one of those 16.5 year olds.

Anyway, if you end up getting a franchise of your own - save a Cookies & Cream shake for me!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Book Rant! The Case for Faith

First, thanks again to Shannon & Brad for buying this book for me.

This reading is my last installment of "The Case for . . ." series. Case for Faith is my second favorite of the three with Case for Christ being #1 (it should be mandatory reading) and Case for Creator being #3 (a little knowledge and/or interest in physics will help).

If you're not familiar with Lee Strobel here he is in a nutshell: athiest investigative journalist trys to disprove God, Jesus and Christianity but, in the process, becomes a Christian himself - pretty cool!

Each book outlines his research on the topics of Christ, Creation and Faith.

In Case for Faith, Strobel sets out to answer 8 simple* objections:

1. Since evil and suffering exist, a loving God cannot.

2. Since miracles contradict science, they cannot be true.

3. Evolution explains life, so God isn't needed.

4. God isn't worthy of worship if He kills innocent children.

5. It's offensive to claim Jesus is the only way to God.

6. A loving God would never tourture people in Hell.

7. Church history is littered with oppression and violence.

8. I still have doubts, so I can't be a Christian.

Ever have one of these pop into your mind?

If so, it's OK. Strobel reminds us that we can only have faith if it is in the midst of doubt. If there is nothing to doubt then there's no need to have faith. Remember the guy in Mark 9:24 who told Jesus, "I believe but help my unbelief"?

Here are some quotes:

Pg. 101 - On the universe being created by random chance: "Sir Frederick Hoyle put it colorfully when he said that [The Big Bang Theory] is about as likely as a tornado whirling through a junkyard and accidentally assembling a fully functioning Boeing 747."

Pg. 119 - On God's Old Testament orders to kill men, women and children: "People assume that what's wrong for us is wrong for God. However, it's wrong for me to take your life because I didn't make it and I don't own it . . . God is sovereign over all life and he has the right to take it if he wishes."

Pg. 156 - "Jesus didn't come into this world to make bad people good - he came into this world to make dead people live."

Pg. 192 - The truth about hell: "Remember that hell will forever be a monument to human dignity and the value of human choice. It is a quarantine where God says two important things: 'I respect freedom of choice enough to where I won't coerce people, and I value my image-bearers so much that I will not annihilate them."

Pg. 236 - "When you scratch below the surface, there's either a will to believe or there's a will not to believe. Faith is a choice."

Get it. Read it. Live it.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Mallory-ism #1

I'm at my In-Laws and I've commandeered their computer again!

I found some great pics of my niece, Mallory!

I'm sure her mom would have preferred to post these pics herself - but hey, I found them first!

I'm suprised her UT Longhorn father allowed Mallory to wear this shirt!

Apparently Mallory was a little moody when this picture was taken!

Gotta admit - she's a cute one!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

QOTW Results: Speeding Tickets!

"Your license and registration, please."

You gotta hate the sound of those words. We've all heard them - some more than others. Unfortunately, I've heard them a lot!

I have gotten out of several tickets by pulling over before the cop had a chance to pull in behind me and turn on his lights. Hey, when you're guilty - you're guilty.

One cop came up to my window and said, "Well, I guess you know why I pulled you over." He checked my license and then sent me on my way with just a warning. Such a nice guy!

Here are some lame excuses some people have actually tried:

- "I had to speed up to get up the hill."

- "I'm low on gas and need to get to a gas station as fast as I can!"

- "My speedometer is broken. It reads 15 mph below what I'm actually doing."

- One guy got upset and messed up the 'my wife is at the hospital in labor' excuse: "My wife is about to get pregnant and I need to be there when it happens!"

- Given by a motorist receiving a ticket for doing 64 in a 25 mph speed zone: "I was speeding up for the 55 mph zone ahead."

- Apparently they made a movie about this excuse: "Every time my car drops below 50 mph it dies."

- Given by a dad with a backseat full of kids: "Just trying to get away from the noises in the backseat." (He got off with a warning!)

- "My dad told me I could get away with doing 11 over without getting stopped."


"In order to get out of a speeding ticket, you would:"

Total votes: 19

Kill him with kindness: 11 votes, 57%

Start crying and say you're sorry: 5 votes, 26%

'I didn't know it was 30 mph': 2 votes, 10%

'You'll never catch me!': 1 vote, 5%

Get mad: 0 votes

Claim a State Trooper Association donation: 0 votes