Under Attack by the Bling Bling Assassin

June 30, 2008

I need your help. I’ve been struggling a little with contentment lately. Simply put, I’ve been wanting to replace my ’96 Chevy Lumina with a newer, sportier vehicle. The plan is to wait until my wife’s minivan is paid off in about 20 months.

Unfortunately, the Bling Bling Assassin has shown up. A few weeks ago I noticed a gorgeous blue Mazda 3 at a car lot near my house. After a few days of noticing it, I stopped by just to see how much it was. I sat in it. I kicked the tires. I fell in love…

So, I’m hoping that I can talk one of you into buying it, so I won’t have to look at it anymore. It’s a 2008 Mazda 3 with just under 23,000 miles. Priced at $17,988. It’s available at Saturn of Wichita.

OK, so maybe that doesn’t actually deal with the issue…

I had the urge to read God’s word tonight. I went to Youversion, and just clicked on one of the recent additions. It linked to Psalm 119:57.

You are my portion, O Lord;I have promised to obey your words.

“You are my portion, O Lord…” That really hit me hard. God is everything that we need. When we lose sight of that, we start to struggle with a lack of contentment. The Bling Bling Assassin shows up to kick our butt.

There have been times in the past when I’ve had to stop looking at the Sunday sales ads and catalogs in order to regain control of my contentment. I think that it’s time again. A Musician’s Friend catalog showed up in the mail today. It’s going in the trash.

Do you struggle with contentment? Feel free to share your struggles.



June 29, 2008

I came across an interesting website, Wordle.net, that allows you to create some cool word clouds.

I thought it would be cool to create some wall art for my kids.

Here’s what I came up with…

The kids wanted to make one for Andrea too.

Go make your own.

Share-it Saturday, June 28

June 28, 2008

The sun will be setting soon, so I figure it’s time to get out today’s Share-it Saturday links.


  • Rookie Candace Parker becomes only the 2nd WNBA player to dunk in a game. Apparently she dunked regularly in college too. If only I was 2″ taller… (Candace is 6’4″.)
  • Anti-Monkey Butt powder. Who knew?
  • Very cool door!
  • That ballgirl has some serious ups!
  • Funny baby pictures.


June 28, 2008

I took the kids to see WALL-E on opening night yesterday. It was a great movie.

This was the first time I’d seen a movie on a digital projector. All I can say is WOW!!! Very impressive.

A couple of thoughts on the movie…

  • The animation is incredible. Pixar rocks!
  • I really enjoyed all of the tributes to other movies like Auto, an autopilot robot, who was eerily similar to Hal from 2001.
  • There was a lot of interesting social commentary in the movie. I enjoyed “Buy n’ Large“, the irresponsible mega-corporation that owned everything on the planet.  The CEO, played by Fred Willard, runs the whole planet prior to civilization’s demise.
  • Greed, gluttony, and consumerism lead to a completely trashed and unlivable earth.
  • Perhaps most poignant (and sad) was the sedentary lifestyle of the humans in the future. There’s no real interaction with anything. Everybody floats around on a hoverchair with a video screen. The video screen is used to talk with other people and play sports. All food comes from a cup with a straw. No one has to do anything. The robots take care of even the smallest tasks. The people are so focused on their video screen that they don’t see the world around them.

Maybe I need to spend less time on the Internet…

Church Signs

June 28, 2008

The most bizarre thing happened as I was driving around Wichita yesterday.

First I came across this church sign that mentioned my church, GracePoint. I had to stop and take a picture.

Then a few miles later, I saw this… Who knew that Pentecostals liked my blog so much?

Okay. Maybe I didn’t really see the signs.

Check out the Church Sign Generator, and make your own church signs.

Thanks to Ben Arment for pointing this site out.

Office Wars

June 27, 2008

As the day wears on, the tension in the air thickens. Tempers flare. Nerf guns are drawn. The cubicle farm quickly becomes a battlefield. Who will be left standing?

“Vision” Demotivational Poster

June 26, 2008

Since my Demotivation post from March continues to get so much traffic, I thought I would show the latest demotivational poster from the fine folks at despair.com.

Seriously… I get “demotivation” hits from search engines nearly every day. It’s #2 on the all-time most popular MandoRon post list. It trails the God of This City post by only 7 hits…

Who would’ve thought?