Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dreams...

Dreams are strange things. Last night I was playing in a pool tournament at a local pool hall. In the dream, this was the second year in a row that I had played in this same event. We were all getting ready to cue it up, and in the door walks the Coke delivery guy. To my great surprise, it turned out to be Chris M., my roomate freshman year at Miami. Keep in mind I haven't seen the guy since 1994 as he transfered after our freshman year. We ended up talking for awhile, during which time I learned his life was not going too well. He had two little girls by women that weren't his wife, and he had just found out he had some type of sexually transmitted disease. He didn't know what yet, but the results were coming soon.

Why did I dream about Chris when I have thought about him maybe 10 times in the last 12 years? And how would I have done in the pool tournament if I hadn't been interrupted by Chris?

Do you guys dream about people that obscure, and if so, why do you think it happens?

Strange.

720 Dunk by Air Up There From AND1 Dedicated to Sweetz

This is unbelievable...I watched it five times...

Thursday, June 29, 2006


send

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

robot dance

Ok, wait for the second dancer...he starts slow, but he gets it going...listen to the crowd...Slow motion madness.

The evolution of dance

If you haven't seen this, it is worth the six minutes...very funny.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lost contact...

A month ago I was re-living some old high school basketball memories with a friend of mine. He shared that he had played a few games his senior year right after he smoked pot. It made smile remembering one of my high school teammates, named Benji, who played every single game of my senior year stoned. He was a year younger than me and a very talented basketball player. Benji didn't start for us that year, but he came off the bench and led us in scoring. He was quick to laugh, easy to get along with, and for what I knew of him, harmless to anyone but himself.

I sort of smiled and shook my head as I told the story.

It has been at least 5 years since I've seen Benji, probably at some basketball game where we did the "how you been? what are you up to?" thing.

Yesterday I got a call telling me that Benji had been shot dead in a warehouse in downtown Dayton, an apparent drug deal gone wrong. A tragic ending to the life of an old friend.

Life is short. God can transform lives. I need to be consistently reminded of those two things.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Good things...

Good cd: All the Roadrunning, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Good blog: redhawkreview.com (shameless self-promotion...)
Good book: Catcher in the Rye (read it again. It is worth it.)
Good movie: Collateral
Good day: A run, a long shower, a burger on the grill and time with friends.
Good friend: Jeff P., who welcomed daughter number three into the world last week.
Good scripture: Psalm 62:5-8
Good laugh: Memories of Keith telling about Woo at Spring Fling.
Good goal: To live the moment to the full.
Good quote: "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong" Gandhi

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

SOLAMES...

Inspired by Hollywood 1 Name, 2 people combos like Billary, Brangelina, Bennifer, and Vaughniston, I have decided to provide a few SOLAMES (solo names...) for some other famous couples, and a few people in my life.

SOLAMES

Joyeff - Jeff and Joy
Chria - Chris and Maria
Rate - Ray and Kate
Alipper or Tipal - Al and Tipper (I'm leaning towards Alipper)
Berry - Ben and Jerry
Julian - Alan and Julie
Davindy - David and Cindy
Chernny - Sonny and Cher
Chreith - Keith and Christi

The opportunities for SOLAMES is basically endless. Have fun with it. Make it your own.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Action...

"At the day of judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done." Thomas Kempis

I read a lot, but do very little with the knowledge.

I read that Christ calls me to abide in Him.
I read His call me to live in Spirit and in truth.
I read where He commands me to pray.

I always think that the Christian "what we do" Kempis speaks of is to hammer and dig and organize and bandage. Maybe it is really a call to approach the master builder and great physician on behalf of those that suffer the effects of the fall the most, understanding that I myself can do little to nothing.

Pray, not exclusively, but primarily and continually.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Been away a long time...

Thought I would just throw a quick post here on the Pig. Nothing too special, just one comment about last night's American Idol finale...

Did you see David Hasselhoff crying at the end of the show? That was unbelievable. I'm in a state of shock...how could this have happened? Who cries at the announcement of the AI winner, other than maybe junior high girls and the winner's mother. I mean really...

Back with a vengeance, baby.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Great Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins, shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies, got a hit in his 37th straight game yesterday. He ended the season last year with a 36 game hit streak, and extended it with a double in the bottom of the eight inning of yesterday's loss to the Cardinals. If he gets to 40, it will be the lead story of every sports broadcast around the country. If he gets to 50, it will be the front page story on every newspaper in the country. If he breaks the record, hell will actually freeze over.

To put Jimmy's current accomplishment in perspective, here are a few facts about recent hitting streaks...

Paul Molitor had 39 straight games with a hit in 1987.
Pete Rose and Willie Keeler are tied for the second longest streaks with 44 games in a row with a hit.

The Pig will tracking Jimmy's attempt to reach the record, which by the way, is held by none other than Joe Dimaggio, and stands at 56 games.

Monday, March 27, 2006

If I ever get shot...

I hope this guy is a witness on the scene. I'll be honest, I saw this guy and thought "nobody in a hate like that can possibly be a good interview."

Watch it. You will see how wrong I was.

V for Vendetta

I went to see V for Vendetta on Saturday night, and walked away shaking my head. It was a very well done movie, entertaining from start to finish. It also was a struggle of good vs. evil, which is usually a theme that I enjoy when watching a flick. However, almost everything that I hold to be good in the world was painted as evil, while everything that Hollywood loves was painted as good.

Good: Liberalism Bad: Conservatism
Good: Homesexuality Bad: The Church
Good: Hollywood Itself Bad: Business

One of the most self-righteous propoganda films that I've ever seen. How is it possible for an entire community to be so blind to it's own biases?

If you have seen it, I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts on the film.

Monday, March 20, 2006

A Wonderful New Word: Molesstache

Catching a late dinner on Thursday night, my friend Reba introduced me to the word "Molesstache". Rather than providing a definition, I'll simply refer to the picture below.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Memories

Today I was reading an article about a high school kid that memorized over 8,000 digits of the number pi and it reminded me of my buddy Jeremy, who in high school wowed us by reciting the first 30 or so digits of pi.

I haven't thought about Jeremy in a long time, and that memory of his reciting pi might never have come to the surface without reading that article. It got me wondering how many great memories are buried in my head, that need some external kick to bring back into my consciencness.

Wouldn't it be great if you could invent something that would stimulate the brain to just remember things that have long been hidden?

Gulp down this remember drink and you will be gauranteed to surface a great moment from past...comes in cherry and grape flavors.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Tennis Dad goes to Jail

MONT-DE-MARSAN, France - A father who drugged his children's tennis opponents, leading to one player's death, was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted Thursday.

I thought that this only happened in the United States...

In Honor of...

Chris, Ben, Will and Dr. Miller...and even Big Shel himself...Sometimes it is great to be a hater.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Will We Fight the Whole Middle East?

and if we do, will we do it alone? These are two questions that I will explore in greater detail soon, but this article should make every person in the United States sit up and take notice.

Iran said on Wednesday the United States could feel “harm and pain” if the U.N. Security Council took up the issue of Tehran’s nuclear research.

“The United States may have the power to cause harm and pain but it is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if the United States wishes to choose that path, let the ball roll,” it said in a statement obtained by Reuters on the sidelines of a U.N. nuclear watchdog board meeting in Vienna.

Say it Ain't So, Barry...

It can't be true. There is just no way that Barry Bonds, our Barry, could be a steriod user. We're talking about Barry, people. Sure he added 50 pounds of muscle late in his career. But this was a result of maturity and good old fashioned hard work, at least that is what we all thought before yesterday. Instead, it now appears it was the result of some type of performance ehnancing drug.

Shocking.

The lovable, hugable, unbelievable Mr. Bonds used steriods. Wow.

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