Moving the blog

January 9, 2009

MandoRon has moved to!

The time has come to try out the self-hosted version of WordPress, so I’m moving.

I’ve closed comments on this site, but feel free to go to the new site and add a comment there.

Also, please take a moment to update your blogroll links and your feed reader subscriptions.

See you there!


Recently added links

January 9, 2009

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I just wanted to point out a few new links in the blogroll on the right…

GracePoint Video

January 5, 2009

The multi-talented Eron Rawson shot this video at GracePoint yesterday, and then edited it that afternoon.

It came out really cool.  I suck at embedding video so you’ll have to click on the link to check it out.

Giving Up On Being a Maverick

January 5, 2009

A few years ago, I was taking a Leadership course where we had to write (and present) a paper about ourselves in ten years.  One of the topics was “how will others see you in ten years?” 

I decided that I wanted people to see me as a bit of a maverick – someone who doesn’t always play by the rules and isn’t overly concerned what people think about me.  I want to be the guy in the back of the room that only speaks up from time to time and says the oddest things… but is usually right!

“Be a maverick” has kind of stuck in my head.

Just in case you’re insanely curious (like me), here’s an interesting Mental Floss post on the origin of the word.

Since last May, I’ve been writing my personal leadership philosophy.  As I was editing it today, I noticed the phrase “strive to be a maverick”.

As I’m sure you are well aware, “maverick” has become a bit overused lately.  In fact, Lake Superior State University has added “maverick” to it’s 2009 list of banned words


So… thanks to John McCain and Sarah Palin, I’m having to revise my leadership philosophy. 

Thanks a lot!!!  Makes me feel even better about voting for the other guy.

It used to be a such good word…

Happy New Years!

January 1, 2009


I hope that 2009 will be a great year for all of you!

Top Posts of 2008

December 30, 2008

Just in case you’re insanely curious, I thought I’d share which posts generated the most traffic this year.  Note that the top five generated a heck of a lot more hits than the second five…

  1. Unmountable Boot Volume – this post ranting about laptop trouble generated a lot of search engine hits for a while
  2. “Vision” Demotivational Poster – a lot of search engine hits every day
  3. Demotivation – this was one of my personal favorites.  It continues to generate traffic almost every day.  It was even linked to by a business consultant’s blog as worth reading.  I’ve been thinking about doing a part 2.
  4. God of This City – this blog about the story behind the song continues to generate regular hits.  This was written before I got burned out on the song…
  5. Funny Chili’s Commercial – “Musical Chairs” – funny, funny, funny!  I got a lot of search engine traffic while this was first running on T.V.
  6. T.O. versus Pacman – this post has been getting a lot of image search hits lately for the photo of Terrell Owens that I used.  Not sure why…
  7. Underwear Attack! – another favorite post.  My kids are funny people.
  8. Baby Named Jesus – video of a Christmas song that my daughter wrote
  9. Mandolin for Sale – I sold my mandolin pretty quick!
  10. Skillet was on fire! – post about a Skillet concert, complete with pyrotechnics, last winter.

What’s rattling around in my head right now…

December 29, 2008

Happy December 29th!  I’m sure it’s a holiday somewhere.

The UPS truck pulled up to the house today while I was playing Tiger Woods golf on the Wii.  I was surprised because we weren’t expecting anything.  It was a CD called Adrienna Valentine by Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp.  It was a gift from a guy at work.  I had never heard of these guys before but they’re very good.  They play Americana Roots stuff.  I’ve only been able to listen to a few songs, but I really like it so far.  Jay is a mean mandolin player. 

My favorite Christmas present this year was from my brother Jason.  He was the only person that used my Christmas Wishlist post in selecting a gift for me.  He is hooking me up with a new WordPress blog that he is going to host on his server.  And he bought me my own domain –!  I’ve got some work to do to get things up and running over there, so look for the big switch in the next week or two.

We are looking forward to watching the OSU Cowboys play Oregon tomorrow in the Holiday Bowl.  Unfortunately, a trip to San Diego wasn’t in the Burgess budget.  Did you know that the Oregon ducks have 384 possible uniform variations?  That’s crazy!

On Wednesday, Andrea and I will be celebrating our 14th Anniversary.  I’m trying to figure out where to take her for dinner. 

On Friday, we’ll be attending a funeral.  We got a call on the day after Christmas that my step-mother’s middle son, Jay, had passed away in the night.  He was only 24.  It was unexpected and they still aren’t sure what happened.  As you can imagine, the family is in a great deal of shock.  Please pray for my step-mom Jana, and the rest of the family.

Please also pray for my brother Jason and his wife Chevy.  Chevy had a miscarriage the same day that Jay passed away.  That’s really got to suck…  It was a sad day.