6/28/07 - Saw III and the NBA Draft

So last night I watched Saw III. I got home around midnight and wanted to see simply see how it started. After I got through the first 5 minutes, it turned into another 10 minutes and so on and before I knew it, I was over half way done with the movie. I don't know if it was because I was tired or if it really did get under my skin, but the scene were she is performing surgery on the guys head....I've never cringed and squirmed so much. The scene towards the end, where the guy was getting his limbs twisted...that was almost more pain that I was able to handle just watching.

I'm not a movie critic, but I really enjoyed the movie. There were many things that didn't make sense to me and I wish they could have been changed such as the lawyer being drowned by the rotting juices of pigs. The stuff getting thrown into the vat was pure liquid. Based on the blades being used, there is no way those pigs were butchered that fine. I wish they would have done more back story on Marky Mark, because although I remember parts of Saw II, there were things that I couldn't quite remember. I also want to know who the blonde girl was in the guy's dream. Also, the final tape said that he was to play a game....does that mean that the vengeful guy is going to be the main character in Saw IV? I feel like as many loose ends were tied, more were untangled.

Now that I've watched the two movies that i HAD to go see (300 and Saw III), I've got Facing the Giants next. I don't know when I'll be watching it because frankly, that type of movie feels like a waste of time to me. Regardless of the fact that it is supposed to have an incredible story line, I don't enjoy sports movies for the most part (Hoosiers is an exception), I don't enjoy "feel good" stories, and bad acting gets under my skin. Cristi really wants to see it though, so I'm sure I'll break down pretty soon and watch it with her.

So tonight is the NBA Draft and I'm actually a little excited about this one. Not so much because of the indviduals in the draft, but because of the trade rumors floating around. Primarily, the rumors around Kevin Garnett and where he might end up. If he really does wind up in Phoenix, there is a very good possibility that I'll be making a trip to Phoenix to watch them play or if nothing else a trip to Dallas or Memphis to watch them play the Suns. I've always loved Steve Nash and since I don't have a true NBA team, I have just kind of followed his team and right now it's the Suns. Honestly, whether or not they give up Stoudemire or Marion, they are getting Garnett who I think just needs a few players to help him out to be a truly dominant player. Look at the numbers he put up in Minnesota...now think of who he ever had on his team. Now, imagine you take that same Garnett and put him on an already Western Conference powerhouse team. I'm also interested in how the Oden/Durant thing pans out as well as if Kobe will be moving around anywhere and of course there has been a lot of talk of basically all but the top 2 lottery picks getting traded around.

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6/24/07 - Camp and getting home

Wow...so I'm back from camp and what a week it was. I'm writing this at 3:47 in the morning because I went to bed as soon as I got home at 1:00 on Saturday and woke up at about 1:00 in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep. I'll probably try to get back to sleep pretty soon because I have another full day ahead of me. I've got some grass to cut, including my own, we need to pick up our dog and I think we might try to go see 300 based on recommendations from Aaron and Earnest while at camp. It is showing at the Tandy 10 so I'm a little leary about going over there.

So while I was at camp, I had made a decision to try to lose 5 pounds. I didn't think it would be that difficult considering that the food isn't all that great and they offer salad at every meal which is simply lettuce and tomatoes with choice of dressing: Italian, Thousand Island, Ranch and Fat Free Ranch. Some meals I was really hungry, so I ate a little bit more, but other meals I either skipped or simply ate a reasonably sized salad. On top of that, I don't even know how many calories I was burning daily considering outside of meals, I didn't sit down from around 8:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night. Most of the time in between was spent officiating games, playing camp games and then basketball/volleyball/etc during free time. Well, the results are in and I was a bit saddened when I first got home. The first thing I did was to weigh and I had only lost 2-3 pounds. When I woke up this morning at 1:00 I weighed again, having not eaten and I had lost 6 pounds. So taking an average and other calculations, I'm satisfied with the results.

So now I'm going to try to setup my rss feed again and get it hooked up to facebook so that my posts can be ported over with minimal effort on my part. If anyone knows of an application that does this already, I'd love to know of it. Other than that, I think that's all I've got, I'm sure there is more but honestly, I'm still pretty tired from last week.

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6/14/07 - Texas, Houses, trucks and trailers...Oh My

Wow...big news and a long time between updates to the website. Let's see, next week the wife and I will be at our respective church camps. I will be in Bogg Springs, Cristi in Formosa (I'll let you look those up on a map if you want to see where they are). Last weekend, we were in Dallas and Georgetown, Texas. We drove (by we, I mean Cristi, myself and Mary a friend from church camp) to Dallas Friday, leaving North Little Rock around 6:30am. Go to Dallas around noon and got ready for the wedding which was another three hour drive. We got to the wedding about an hour early so we just sat and relaxed. The wedding was outside and it was HOT, but regardless of the heat, it was beautiful. There was a fountain in the middle, the grass was virtually perfectly manicured and everyone looked great. The reception was not my cup of tea as I'm not a dancer, but the food was awesome, the venue was gorgeous and it was great to see Ryan so happy. The only thing I wasn't happy about is that I was so tired from driving the 10 hours that day and getting up so early, it was difficult to stay focused and I'm afraid I missed parts of it. I'd do it again though. So after the wedding, we drove the three hours back to Dallas where we stated the night. That was an interesting drive in and of itself. I was very tired at this point, it was about 9pm when we left and the three energy drinks I had during the course of the day weren't working anymore. So we all played the alphabet game until the girls got too tired to really focus. They went to sleep while I turned on some Julie Roberts (my driving music) and sang along. It was pretty uneventful until I got passed by two semis who had to have been going at least 20 mph faster than I was and I was about 6 over the speed limit. (Mom, Dad...stop reading here...Greg and Phillip too...do as I say, not as I do). They got caught by traffic and they were obviously in a hurry. This gave me a great idea. I noticed that there were several other cars already in the "convoy" and I didn't want to miss this so I pulled in right behind the 18-wheelers knowing that if a cop had a speed trap setup, the semis would be targeted long before the four or five cars following. For the next 30 minutes or so, we averaged about 90 miles an hour and only slowed down during slight congestion. The areas of congestion didn't last long though because the two trucks were teaming up on the cars in front of them and were just about pushing them into the slow lane. It was something amazing to watch (and scary at times). Of course I always maintained a safe distance between all vehicles. Well, I wish I could say that this adventure ended with a "happily ever after", but there were police officers out and the 2nd place truck got pulled over. From that point on, I obeyed the speed limit, but was able to shave about 10-15 minutes off our travel time. It was awesome.

As some of you already know, Cristi and I had discussed selling our home at the end of this summer and finding a house in North Little Rock. Well, several things have happened that have changed that have changed our plans. First, in our subdivision, a new phase is going in probably around the end of the summer, if not sooner and we wanted to get the house sold before they started going up to prevent any competition. Considering that everything we had heard was that it is a buyer's market, meaning that houses are sitting for months before getting any offers, we wanted to get it sold as soon as we could, so we listed the house last Thursday (I think that's when). We had several people look at it over the weekend and then we were averaging a visit a day up until yesterday. Well, wouldn't you know it, last night Teresa, our relator, called me and said that we had an offer. It was a pretty sweet deal. They were offering more than we expected, although our closing costs are going to be a bit higher than we had anticipated. We counter offered with a few minor adjustments and we will wait to here back if we really do close next month.

Here's the real scary part about the whole thing. We have no idea where we are going to live yet. We have not had a chance to talk to a builder to determine if we can afford to build what we would really like, or if we will have to buy a pre-built house and settle for certain things. This will have an impact on where we live until we get the new house which means that in the interim, I think we will be living with my parents. That should be very interesting but Crsti and I are both VERY grateful that they would allow that.

With the sale of the house, a few other things have come into play. First, we had decided to not sell our vehicles until we had some breathing room, but at the same time, we would like to sell the truck to be able to put more down on our house purchase, so we will be using the next month or so to try to sell the truck.


So, here is the ideal scenario. I find a work truck for under $2k ($1k would even be better, and believe it or not, I almost bought one this past week) that can handle about 100+ miles every day on the interstate without blowing up. We sell the Tahoe within a week of putting it in the paper. Cristi finds a new Accord within hours of selling the Tahoe and on top of that, I can find an Enclosed Trailer, preferably dual axle and at least 6'x12', for around $2k so I don't have to rent a storage unit. Also, I need to be able to park my work truck and trailer at Phillip's duplex and finally, I would need to be able to sell my current trailer for at least $1000. Also, this all needs to happen within about a one week time frame. I'm going to stay optimistic.

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