Friday, August 26, 2005

Vacations Are A Must

By presidential mandate:

All families are hereby required to go on at least one(1) family vacation per year. This mandate applies to all families regardless of the number of dependents.

So, earlier this month, we decide to go on a little vacation. Nothing elaborate or spendy, just a little trip up to Ooma and Dupa's (grandma and grandpa's) cabin. Park Rapids, MN - here we come.

All of us.
In a van.
A Big. Red. Van.

WOOT WOOT! I love driving that thing!

Against my wishes, my wife sets a departure time of 7:00-8:00 am or anything close that she wants. I wanted to load everyone up at 4:30 am and bein the Twin Cities by 8:00.

We got on the road and all was smooth...very smooth to Minneapolis. We made a stop at a family member's apartment to drop a carpet cleaner off.

Number of potty breaks on the way: 1

Back on the road to Park Rapids, again all is smooth. A potty break or two I think. But not an issue as we had to stop for gas. Ouch $60-$70 gas bills is new one for me.

We arrived in Park Rapids on Tuesday, unloaded the van, and headed out to the boat. My dad, who is very systematic and analytical, provided me with a very detailed procedure for setting the boat up and launching it. Once I located the correct page and sub-paragraph in the three-ringed binder, we were off! Our four oldest kids were with me, and I proceeded to drag them around the lake on a tube. Fun time had by all.

The remainder of the week was kinda cool, cloudy, crisp at times, and fun. We fished, swam, boated, ate, and just had an all-around-great-time.

My parents showed up on Friday, wherein I proceeded to teach my dad how to catch fish. hehe. Fish fry that night was awesomage.

Saturday morning, we ate breakfast at a place called the Logging Camp. Great food. Heth was in heaven. All-you-can-eat pancakes. Can I get a WOOT WOOT?!?!

The weather was fairly cool, so we decided to take off for home. Load up Big Red and we are on the road by noon. And then it started.

Potty breaks.

So what? Does a week of vacation shrink a kid's bladder or something? My LanTA!!!!!! We stopped soooooo many times. Turned a 6.5 hour trip into a 10 hour trip. We even had one case of a potty break in the middle of a potty break. I kid you not. Heth and the girls were in the bathroom and just as they are leaving, one of the girls says, "I have to go potty" and runs back in. Unbelievable.

But it was worth it. It is always worth it. That's the reason for the mandate on vacations. As a family, you have to do it. You won't ever regret it. No matter how bad things go, no matter how bad the weather is, no matter how many things you forgot to pack, a family vacation is always better than being at work.


Friday, August 12, 2005

I bought it on eBay...

(parody of "i want it that way by the backstreet boys)

A bathrobe
A snowglobe
A Smurf...TV tray
I bought on eBay

My filled with this crap
Shows up in bubble wrap
Most every day
What I bought on eBay

Tell me why (I need another pet rock)
Tell me why (I got that Alf alarm clock)
Tell me why (I bid on Shatner's old toupee)
They had it on eBay

I'll buy...your knick-knack
Just check...My feedback
"A++!" they all say
They love me on eBay

Gonna buy (a slightly damaged golf bag)
Gonna buy (some Beanie Babies, new with tag)
(From some guy) I never met in Norway
Found him on eBay

I am the type who is liable to snipe you
With two seconds left to go, whoa
Got Paypal or Visa, whatever'll please ya
As long as I've got the dough

I'll buy...your tchotchkes
Sell me...your watch, please
I'll buy (I'll buy, I'll buy, I'll buy...)
I'm highest bidder now

(Junk keeps arriving in the mail)
(From that world-wide garage sale)
(Hey! A Dukes of Hazzard ashtray)
Oh yeah...(I bought it on eBay)

Wanna buy (a PacMan Fever lunchbox)
Wanna buy (a case of vintage tube socks)
(Wanna buy a Kleenex used by Dr. Dre)
(Found it on eBay)

Wanna buy (that Farrah Fawcett poster)
(Pez dispensers and a toaster)
(Don't know why...The kind of stuff you'd throw away)
(I'll buy on eBay)

What I bought on eBay

Eventhough my feedback isn't that high, I do love eBay. This song is just too true! I bought our van off eBay. I've bought computer stuff, paintball stuff, heck I even bought a bunch of Christmas presents for my wife off eBay (bad move).

So this entry is for the eBayer. The one whose life theme is "One man's garbage is another man's treasure"

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Yaaaaawwwwn....hmmmm....after 20 years....I want pancakes.


Amazing. Simply amazing. So this isn't happened back in Feb. How did I miss this one month before Terri Schiavo? Not sure, but I'm glad I found it now.

You can see her site here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Time Travel and the Modern Day Believer

Albert Einstein.
Emmet Brown.
John Titor.

Names synonomous with Time Travel. What about Jesus Christ? Could this be? Well, I don't claim to know all the ins and outs of relativity and time travel theory, but one thing I do has a lot to do with the speed of light.

And what do ya know? Jesus claimed to be the "Light of the World"!

I'm sure there are numerous articles out there by theophysicists (theologian/physicists) that probably do a great job at looking at the science of theoretical time travel/relativity and how it reconciles with mainstream theology, but I haven't found any.

Please don't get me wrong. I am NOT saying Jesus is a time traveller. I'm saying He is THE ULTIMATE TIME TRAVELLER! No doubt he can manifest His presence at will (zweep! and He appears out of nowhere in the upper room to the disciples (is that a good sound effect for time travel? (zweep!) and do you like how I can make an afterthought{added text to explain further} look like a stinking{not literally smelling - figure of speach[not literal speach, rather typed communication]} mathematical equation?)) <--LOLCOPTERS!