Hester and a lawnmowerman…

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man, i’m so bummed out. Paul Hester, the drummer of one of my all time favorite bands - Crowded House, took his own life earlier this week. how tragic and sad.
And I’m lying on the table washed out in the flood
Like a christian fearing vengeance from above
I don’t pretend to know what you want but I offer love..
Seven worlds will collide whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun will shower over everyone …

-Crowded House

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it is not my thing i tell you!
i’m also hurt. as in injured. i had a fight with the lawnmower last night and i guess i lost out. yes, it’s already that time again to start cutting the grass (at least around these parts… it might be a while longer for the rest of youz up north!) So, i was getting my lawnmower prepped for use last night .. you know, replacing the mower blade, changing out the oil and gas etc. well, as i was tightening the nut on the new blade, my wrench slipped and my finger caught the edge of the blade. ouch. not good. i’m just not cut out for mowing the lawn. or yard work in general. man, i wish i had the resources to have the yard work done by someone else. it’s just not my thing. we did have a company do general upkeep on our yard last year but it turned out to be way too expensive to keep up. so this year, i gotta do it all by myself. oh the horror!! the planting, the trimming, the weeding, seeding, mowing, pruning, fertilizing, ….. well, we are sort of cheating this year by using EPM Lawn Care to regularly fertilize the lawn. hey, i don’t want to risk killing the lawn altogether!

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i had to fill up my SUV this morning. man, these gas prices are killing me!

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last night’s episode of ‘Lost’ was ggooooddddd. I also watched Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason while whining and whimpering over my hurt finger. it wasn’t that bad. i know critics panned the film, but there were some funny bits. a lot of it did drag and feel a bit old but i still enjoyed it. i guess compared to cutting a finger off, maybe the movie came off better than it really was. i don’t know.

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site updated: new entries added to the links section.

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is it Christmas already???

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a co-worker of mine spent years building a house on his own. building it bit by bit on his own time after work, weekends and on vacation. most of us never thought he’d be finished with the project. for years the running joke was that he’d be completed “by christmas.” yes, but Christmas of what year??!!!?
..well, my friends, look out the window and check to see if any pigs took to the sky because it appears that he’s done. wow. it’s unbelievable but true, he’s done. he’s got pictures to prove it.
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i blame Germany for this…

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anyone looking forward to april?
..think again!
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it’s just the oh! so humdrum…

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nothing much to report here. been busy with work and with the kids at home (since Ethan’s out for spring break). i’ll just list out some various tidbits for now….

-missed this week’s 24 and amazing race!! argh. anybody wanna update me on what happened?
-just got a new dishwasher installed because our original one got busted. man, we sure did miss having a dishwasher. the three boys go through a ton of dishes. and don’t get me started on laundry. … oh, that’s right, i don’t do laundry. heh.
-wow. the Pat O’brien rehab thing is getting scandalous!
-yikes! it’s worse than i thought.
-anybody got Chris Tomlin’s CD Arriving that i can borrow? i heard it’s really good. plus, i believe our band is going to play some stuff off of the album. come on, help a brother out
-Ok, all you new yawkers out there (Michael, Michele and J-A!), need a little info here. It looks like Elaine and I will be attending a wedding in Manhattan sometime in June. the ceremony will be at The First Reformed Episcopal Church and the reception on the Abigail Kirsch Yacht. oh, and a brunch at Seppi @ Le Parker Meridian (have no clue where that is). any info on the area and general tips would be great since this will actually be our first trip to da big big city. and we also have to choose between Affinia 50 and Churchill Residence Suites for our place to stay. any preferences/advantages of one over the other? thanks!
laterz.

easter

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All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises

You took, You take our sins away O God
You give, You gave Your life away for us
You came down
You saved us through the cross
Our hearts are changed because of Your great love

You lived You died, You said in three days You would rise
You did You’re alive!
You rule You reign, You said You’re coming back again
I know that You will
And all the earth will sing Your praises
All the earth will sing Your praises

No one, no name can rise above You Lord
One hope, one Light will shine forevermore
Your kingdom in heaven and on earth
Your children stand to sing of Your great worth

You lived You died, You said in three days You would rise
You did You’re alive!
You rule You reign, You said You’re coming back again
I know that You will
And all the earth will sing Your praises
All the earth will sing Your praises

-Paul Baloche

in a van.. down by the river..

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a phonecam pix. march 2005

an all time great…

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animal versus Buddy Rich
The expression on animal’s face with his mouth wide open is pretty much how i look whenever i come across a Buddy Rich solo. amazing stuff. even after all this time. Check out animal and Buddy Rich in action here at this link. (stumbled onto link via metafilter)
have a great weekend!

there’s a reason why this blog is called mundane!

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an excerpt of our conversation during lunch at our favorite seafood joint yesterday…

Hanh: do you go to the korean grocery store off of hwy 70?
me: which one? there’s two. one near the corner of hwy 70 and duraleigh rd. and there’s one next to the ummmm… adult entertainment place.
Hanh: yes, i was talking about the one next to that place. … oh and by the way, what really goes on in that place anyway?
me: ….i don’t know. i’ve never been. (whew. dodged that bullet.)
Chuck: well, you know, stuff like you’d see at “Thee Dollhouse”.
Randy: and what might that be?
Chuck: …you know… adult entertainment?
Hanh: but that place is a run down warehouse. why would anyone in their right mind go to such a place that looks like that?
Chuck: businesses like that can be run anywhere. there’s this place off the main road going toward the beach that’s a just a non-descript trailer.
Randy: uh-huh. [smirking at chuck]
Chuck: and the trailer’s got this red light on. it’s surrounded by a high fence and you’d have to drive around the back to get to it. unless you knew what the red light meant, you’d never know it’s one of those establishments.
Caroline: and what do you do once you get there?
Chuck: i think there’s a secret knock…
me: and how would you know about all this, chuck?
Chuck : oh, i’ve never been. some friends told me about this place.
me: yeah, right.
Caroline: and what goes on in this trailer?
Chuck : i don’t know. umm, adult entertainment?
Caroline : like adult entertainment- books and videos? or adult entertainment - a show.. and stuff?
Chuck : … i wouldn’t know…
Randy : awww, come on. spill it.
[chuck turning all shades of red]
Caroline : yeah, you seem to be an expert.
Chuck : how did we get on this subject? weren’t we talking about something else?
me : i think Hanh asked about the korean grocery store.
Hanh : is it illegal?
me : the korean grocery store?
Hanh : no the stuff that goes on in the trailer.
Chuck : i wouldn’t know…
everyone : yes you do!

a gig from oh so long ago…

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a while back Last Girl on Earth (she’s a professional musician) wrote about an interesting gig she had in the past. she calls it a gig from hell. ever since reading the post, i’ve been meaning to write about my experiences with various bands in the past. of course since i’m not a professional, i don’t have the depth and variety of stories as someone like Last Girl. and currently i have the luxury of playing every sunday (with rehearsals on thursdays) at the same place (church) without all the hassles of lugging equipment around, going from gig to gig like other musicians have to do. it’s a luxury but then again, i don’t get exposure to different settings, venues and people which would probably lead to funny or interesting gig stories. but let’s see now…looking back, i’ve played in bars, parties and clubhouses with various cover bands in high school and college. and then over the years with several p&w bands, i’ve played at numerous retreats, oh and a farm dedication and of course different churches in the area. but one special summer back in the mid-nineties, i had the opportunity to play with other musicians from across the country, meet up in montana and go on tour in the czech republic as an outreach praise and worship band. that was an experience that i’ll never forget. it was through the musician’s summer of service program with YWAM. I initially auditioned as a guitarist but since the team i wanted to be in had that spot filled, i volunteered for the bass guitarist spot. They were definitely doing me a favor because as a bass guitarist, i wasn’t all that good. i just knew the basics. all the musicians that were to make up four different teams had to meet in montana for rehearsals and training. since we were sort of isolated up there in the mountains, all of the musicians, singers and dancers got to know each other pretty well. it was tough on the ego there with me fumbling through on the bass while all the other folks were experts in their craft. anyway, We spent a month there and then the teams were sent off to different countries. the latin rock band went off to south america. the pop band went off to azerbaijan. a U2-inspired rock band was sent to ireland. and of course our P&W band went to the Czech Republic.
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newsboys, flowers, taegukgi…

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wow. sunday service with the African Children’s Choir and the Newsboys was incredible. the place was packed. i’ve never seen so many folks at our church before. it was standing room only. both performances touched many. and I definitely have new found respect for Peter Furler of the Newsboys. frankly, i was never a big fan of the group back in the early nineties because of their teenybopper sound and vague lyrics but it’s very apparent that the group and especially Peter has grown so much since then. there’s more depth in the music/lyrics and Peter would probably be the first to admit about the growth/change. What impressed me the most was the fact that he kept the focus away from the music and their fame. he spent a good chunk of time sharing part of his testimony and basically giving the congregation a mini-sermon. just him. no music. no fanfare. alone standing centerstage speaking of the gospel and giving out advice and encouragement to his younger fans. he spoke with confidence and conviction. very powerful and it shattered my image of the band as a CCM sellout.
and here ya go, check out my fuzzy phonecam shots of the event.


i ordered flowers through FTD last week for Elaine’s family as thanks for all their help in preparing for Christian’s b-day party. well, one out of the three orders never got delivered and just my luck, that order was the most important one: the one to the mother-in-law. not good. plus we made several calls to her to check and see if she had received them which of course got her all disappointed b/c she didn’t get these flowers. how lovely. funny how they never screwed up my past orders on major dates like mother’s day or valentine’s day but on a run of the mill date, they mess it all up. wonderful.


had some time to check out two more DVDs on our blockbuster online plan. I Heart Huckabees and Taegukgi. I really tried to like “I Heart Huckabees”. I really did. with naomi watts, you can’t go wrong, right? well, the movie didn’t do anything for me. maybe it was Jason Schwartzman, who i just don’t like. or maybe it was the script that’s chock-full of nothing. the best thing about it was Shania Twain’s cameo at the end of the movie but it was sort of marred by the fact that it was obviously inserted in without Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law physically there in the scene with her.
as for “taegukgi”, i wanted to like the movie too. but the whole time, i was thinking of other war movies that “did it better” ie. Saving Private Ryan, Platoon or Full metal Jacket. Other than the fact the movie was set during the Korean War, the story was filled with war movie cliches. also a lot of typical korean movie melodramatic cliches were added into the mix as well. lots of violence, a lot of yelling and a big tear-jerking scene at the end. i do admit to tearing up at the end but i’m just a sucker for melodrama. anyway, overall the movie was so-so. i guess it’s great for korean cinema in general but compared to big budget hollywood war pics, it doesn’t really hold up.

still sounding a little croaky but i’m back…

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i was out sick yesterday. what did i miss? fill me in on happenings on your end. :)

me? i’ve basically been sick all week since Christian’s big bash sunday. i lost my voice (it’s almost back now. still sounding a little croaky). had that hackin’ cough that my co-workers just loved. you see, earlier in the week my coworkers kept on yelling at me to go on home and stop spreading germs but I had to be at work this week to finish up a project that was due. I completed the work late wednesday so i just stayed home thursday. good timing to because my first batch of Blockbuster online DVDs arrived yesterday. yes, i finally signed up. i got the free month trial. check this out. apparently they discontinued the free trial period a while back but in my oh so cunning ways, i obtained a special link (as well as the secret code as a back up. heh. thank you internets) that got me the free month trial instead of the normal “$9.99 first month/$14.99 afterwards” deal. so now i’ll get to evaluate their turnaround time in comparison to the quick service i had with Netflix a while back. currently i’m still partial to Netflix but i like blockbuster’s cheaper rate and the fact that they give you two in-store rental coupons every month as a subscriber. i tell you what though, blockbuster is definitely off to a good start by getting those initial DVDs to me the day after i signed up. I watched the Village and Cellular while out sick yesterday. why didn’t anyone tell me that Cellular blew chunks? man, that movie was horrible. totally lame. the guy who wrote the script should be thoroughly cane whipped for such drivel. but surprising to me, the Village wasn’t as bad as i thought. maybe all those bad reviews left me with no expectations. I liked it. it’s not M. Night’s best work but it definitely kept my interest. and yes, Bryce Dallas Howard did a wonderful job in the movie.

oh, and speaking of vegging out in front of the TV, tell me you guys saw what i saw on PBS the other night? John Tesh. you know, the ex-entertainment tonight co-anchor from way back when? while i do recall him being some sort of Yanni-wannabe after his stint on ET, i did not expect him to be involved with praise and worship music. yes, you heard right, Contemporary Christian church music!!!???! stuff that our worship team plays (actually played, the songs on his special are old, old, past-the-expiration-date songs.) first, let me just say that it’s great that John Tesh was able to get worship music onto primetime television. that’s a major feat in itself. that being said, the Worship at Red Rocks special is unfortunately lacking in a lot of ways.
first, it’s John Tesh.
Second, yes, John Tesh!!!!!
Granted, he’s got a great speaking voice, but words like “great musician” or “charisma” just don’t come to mind when the name “John Tesh” is uttered. and the music. oh the music. boy, PBS should have just featured Israel Houghton’s Another Level DVD instead of this stuff. John Tesh’s special pushed praise and worship music back a decade or so. the band and the singing was totally stilted and lacking on groove and emotion. oh, and being a drummer myself i’m allowed to say this — his drummer stunk. bad. his tempo was all over the place. AND, i couldn’t tell if this was intentional or not but they played most of the songs a lot faster than what was originally written. and b/c of the faster tempos and the lack of a bass guitar/drum “pocket/groove” the music just came off as ssooooo how do i say it …. ummm, white-bread-disney-middle america-like. no soul. no life.
oh and did i mention that John Tesh sings during the concert?
well if you can call it that. he even had the gall to butcher the classic song Breathe. the song is delicate, slow and longing. Tesh’s brilliant take on the song is to drive it home with a sledgehammer. wonderful. not.

anyway, Tesh is making his rounds across the country as part of the annual PBS fund drive so keep an eye out for him. and run for the hills.

now, if people really wanna check out what’s new and exciting in church today, they need to come to our church this sunday. we’ve got BOTH the African Children’s Choir AND the Newsboys scheduled for sunday morning service!! two major nationally touring acts at the same place and same time. that’s incredible. yes, that means our worship team (including yours truly) isn’t playing sunday but we got lots to do in terms of getting the place ready for the Newsboys rig (lights and sound system) and their equipment. just last night we cleared out the stage. ooffpphh.. and man, i’m REALLY not looking forward to putting our own equipment back together on stage after all this. tons of wires, mics, amps, more wires, extension cords, drums, risers, lalala… where are my roadies?

Sunday March 13th

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If you’re in the area, be sure to swing on by our church this sunday morning at 10AM to catch the Newsboys AND the African Children’s Choir. Definitely a once in the lifetime chance to catch both groups in one place.

feel free to contact me for more info.

Get to know thy neighbor…

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Saw this over at Tommy’s. here’s whatcha do:
Welcome to the Winter 2005 edition of getting to know your friends. What you are supposed to do is copy this entire post and paste it here in the comments or your site. Change all the answers so they apply to you. If you put it on your site put a link back to my site. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends, if you did not know them already.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:50 AM
2. Diamonds or pearls? for me? umm, i’m not a jewelry type of guy. for Elaine - diamonds, definitely.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Polar Express (same as Tommy)
4. What is your favorite TV show? currently it’s 24
5. What did you have for breakfast? breakfast burrito and large coffee from mickeyDee’s
6. What is your middle name? that’s privileged info my dear
7. Favorite cuisine? korean cuisine
8. What foods do you dislike? ummm, i’ll eat anything except stuff you see on Fear Factor
9. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Pralines and Cream
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? a personal mix CD of jazzy instrumental music
11. What kind of car do you drive? Lexus RX300
12. Favorite sandwich? too many. can’t decide. ummm, how about a Reuben?
13. What characteristic do you despise? being two-faced
14. Favorite item of clothing? my baggy painter’s pants that Elaine just loathes
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Kauai so that I can visit Todd Rundgren … like he’s gonna let me in his house….
16. What color is your bathroom? non descript white.
17. Favorite brand of clothing? Tommy Hilfiger
18. Where would you retire to? how about Kauai?
19. Favorite time of day? recess
20. What was your most memorable birthday? hhhmmm, i can’t recall…
21. Where were you born? Frankfurt, Germany
22. Favorite sport to watch? college basketball
23. Who do you least expect to send this back to you? Michael (SCG)
24. Person you expect to send it back first? uummm, that’s a toughie. maybe Carolina? or Shirley?
25. What fabric detergent do you use? detergent. you mean for the washing machine. ha. what’s that? :P
26. When is your birthday? September 19th (you all got that? don’t forget!)
27. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night
28. What is your shoe size? 9 1/2
29. What did you want to be when you were little? a rock star
30. What are you doing today? trying to finish a project today but i’m having equipment malfunctions!!!
31. Who is your favorite actor? Naomi Watts. heh.
32. Who is your favorite author? Dr. Seuss
33. What is your favorite landscape? the nc mountains in the fall
34. Favorite place visited? St. John, Virgin Islands
35. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be? my family
36. Greatest accomplishment? the kids
37. Greatest regret? i’ll agree with Tommy on this one. the fact that i ain’t rich yet.
38. Favorite slogan? if the van’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’?
39. Favorite day of the week? friday i’m in love…
40. What do you do when you are bored? i’ll play my guitar
41. Favorite sound? hearing my one year old calling for me.


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