Monday, April 30, 2007

Goal Update: April weight loss

For the second consecutive month, I ended where I started. My goal since January was to lose a pound per week which would have put me at 199 lbs at the end of April. Alas, I’m still at 207. So if I am to reach my goal of 195 lbs by my birthday (May 24…hint, hint), I’m going to have to do the Helen-Hunt-drink-nothing-but-water-and-eat-nothing-but-lettuce-a-week-prior-to-the-1998-Oscars diet. Since I’m about as pleasant as a bear with a sore behind when I’m underfed, that’s not an option. Instead, it’s time to reset the goal altogether.

My lowest weight over the past five years has been 203. I am going to shoot for that over the next four weeks. I will then attempt to lose the final eight pounds over a 6 ½ week span from my birthday to our wedding anniversary.

It’s going to be a challenge since it’s now barbeque season.

Say, does anybody know if you can successfully grill tofu?

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Weekend update.

Here I am pictured with 7 month old Annabeth Noel Carlson!!

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No, we haven’t completed our adoption yet. Our dear friends Trevor and Noel Carlson joined us at our home on this glorious Sunday. We enjoyed a beautiful, Sunny 80 degree day with a barbeque and wonderful fellowship.

I also took the opportunity to get a photo-op with Trevor and Noel's other daughter, 2-1/2 year old Calla.














Unfortunately, she wasn't as enthusiastic as her little sister.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

NFL Draft memories.

The most oversold and overhyped sporting event will take place this weekend: The National Football League collegiate draft.

Because my favorite squad (Vikings) has fallen on hard times, I’ll know by lunch time who they will draft since they own the # 7 overall pick.

But the NFL draft certainly has had its share of drama an intrigue over the years. Probably the most famous (or infamous if you were a Colts fan) was the 1983 extravaganza. The then Baltimore Colts had the #1 overall selection that year and they were desperate for a quarterback. Available were the likes of future Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. But neither was as highly coveted as a certain QB from Stanford University.

The Colts made it clear that they wanted John Elway to be their franchise quarterback. One little hitch: Elway wanted nothing to do with the dreadful Colts. Since he was also a standout baseball player, Elway stated that he would accept a standing offer to play ball with the New York Yankees should the Colts ignore his wishes and draft him.

Sure enough, Baltimore made Elway their top pick. In turn, Elway reiterated his position that he would not play a single down for the Colts. Sensing that he was indeed not bluffing, the Colts then shipped Elway to the Denver Broncos for two players and a draft pick.

Over the years, many football fans outside of Denver (especially my Packer fan relatives) still express their disdain for Elway and the hard line stance he took. But in the NFL of the 80s, once a team drafted a player they pretty much owned him for the duration of his career. There was no free agency of any kind.

My take has always been that if any other professional athletes possessed the kind of leverage that Elway had, you better believe they would have weighed all options heavily.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cat Fight!!

Yesterday, I posted a picture of our sleepy cat Cleo atop the fish tank.

Now we have video footage of our other two felines in the midst of a playful tussle (Can you tell we don’t have any kids?).

We've always tried to explain the awful noises emitted by our 16-year old cat (Bathsheba) whenever she is attacked by either of the other two cats in the house. I think the best explanation we came up with is "demon cat from hell" noises.

The only male cat in the house (Macbeth) has earned his status as alpha male cat. His hunting instincts often kick in when he sees either of the female cats slowly walking across the room while he hides underneath a chair.

The following video demonstrates what ensues whenever Bathsheba is "pounced" by Mac the hunter!



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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Zzzzzzzzzz

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

The ultimate sacrifice.

With any highly publicized tragedy containing multiple deaths, there are usually selfless heroes who prevent further losses of lives. Whether it was the NYPD and NYC fire fighters on 9/11 or the Coast Guard in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, we have been able to glean the positive aspects in what were otherwise horrific events.

The Virginia Tech massacre this past Monday was no exception.

We have heard ad nausea the story of the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, and how he methodically carried out the cold-blooded killing of 32 people before taking his own life. The mainstream media has played constantly the homemade video footage of Cho and his sickening “manifesto.”

In my mind there should be just as much coverage, if not more, of the heroic actions of one Virginia Tech professor.


As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 76-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 33 dead and over two dozen wounded.

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter when the man lecturer was shot to death, "but all attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering the students lived - because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad - also an Israeli - told Army Radio.

Several of Librescu's other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he had blocked the gunman's way and saved their lives, said Librescu's son, Joe.

"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."


As mentioned in the story, Prof. Librescu was a Holocaust survivor. Having been interred at a Nazi concentration camp more than sixty years earlier, Librescu I’m sure recognized pure unadulterated evil when he saw it. Since he probably figured his demise that day was imminent, he spared others the same tragic ending.

After last Monday, there are at least fifteen additional families who are grateful Librescu cheated death more than sixty years ago.

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Obama follies.

This guy is supposed to be the new superstar of the Democrat party?

With the horrible mass murders at Virginia Tech Monday still fresh in our minds, presidential hopeful Barack Obama had something to demagogue say about violence in our society.


"We continue to be degraded by violence and all manners of abuse perpetrated on our children,” said Obama. "And Bobby Kennedy’s right; we tolerate it.

“We glorify it, we encourage it, we ignore it, and it's heartbreaking. It has to stop."


Did you catch that? Senator Obama is dismayed by the glorification and encouragement of violence. Any chance he broached that very subject in his November meeting with rapper Ludacris, who writes some of the more abhorrent lyrics which glorify violence against women?


The Senator described a culture in which "the violence of children and communities" is ignored,…


Stop right there!! Let’s look further into how “the violence of children” is ignored. Have you any idea how hideous and grotesque the partial-birth abortion procedure is? It’s so disgusting that I can even bring myself to put in writing an explanation. So if the junior Senator from Illinois is really concerned about violence against children, he must have rejoiced over the 5-4 decision handed down by the Supreme Court to uphold the partial-birth abortion ban, right?

Maybe not.


I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women.


How is brutalizing a child supposed to protect a pregnant woman’s health? I have yet to see the statistic which cites the percentage of partial-birth abortions performed in order to safeguard the health of pregnant women. Why do you suppose that is? Could it be because the percentage is so infinitesimal that it would effectively shatter such weak arguments for the procedure?

I have no doubt that Senator Obama detests violence against innocent children. But his expression of disappointment over Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling could very well come back to haunt him.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Standing Pat in the legislature: UPDATE & BUMP.

When I was nine years old I had a babysitter named Pat. He was about 14 or 15 at the time. He was an incredibly smart, nerdy guy but he had a rough edge to him.

I recall one Summer evening when Pat took my brother and me for a walk in the park. There we met his girlfriend who happened to be babysitting Renee and Jenny, two girls we liked. Of course, my bro and I couldn’t let them know that. When we were ages 9 and 7, meaning it wasn’t cool to like girls. While we were walking in the park that evening I decided to toss pebbles at the girls while they walked in front of us. Pat politely told me to stop but I didn’t listen. As dusk approached, Pat took us back home. Once we arrived back at our place I turned on the television. All of a sudden, Pat charged in and flicked off the TV. He demanded I spend the evening in my room because of the bad behavior I exhibited in the park. In a typical 4th grade whine I asked “Do I have to go to my room?” He sternly replied, “Just be grateful I’m not kicking you’re a$$.”

I went to my room and stayed there until I awoke the next morning. And no, I did not tell my mother what Pat had said. If I had, I would have gotten it worse from her. Instead, Pat told her how I spent the evening in my room after we got back from the park. “I never heard a peep out of him the whole night”, he told my Mom.

Pat was quite the politician, eh?

So I guess it would be no surprise to tell you that he indeed went into politics.

But I think it's fair to say that he might be one of the more popular politicians in the state of Wisconsin.


The Wisconsin State Legislature moved forward today with legislation giving small businesses more options on how to market their products. Both the State Senate and Assembly passed SB 63 and AB 122 today, legislation that will make it possible for retailers to provide customers with a maximum of two, three ounce samples of beer, as is currently allowed with wine.

“I’m very pleased that my colleagues in the Legislature have given this measure their support,” said bill author Senator Pat Kreitlow, (D-Chippewa Falls). “Brewers will have more opportunities to market their products and consumers will also benefit with more choices from being able to sample different flavors before they buy. This will lead to increased sales and that will mean more jobs here in Wisconsin.”


Say, isn’t the Leinenkugel brewery located in Chippewa Falls? I guess I would be curious to see a list of contributors to Senator Kreitlow’s campaign.



UPDATE:

Well, I thought I was being tongue-in-cheek when writing this post. Unfortunately, the gentleman who was the subject of said post did not take it that way. Yes, Senator Kreitlow himself found out about my entry and decided to send me an e-mail expressing his displeasure. Given the context of his e-mail message I am going to assume it was for my eyes only.

Nonetheless, I will respond to his remarks.

Senator Kreitlow, let me assure you of one thing: I was in NO WAY attempting to be spiteful of you. If anything, I was being self-deprecating. My insinuation was that I got what I deserved for my bad behavior and was even expressing appreciation of the fact that you didn’t rat me out to my mother. THAT’S IT!!!! If you read more into it than that, I sincerely apologize.

Also, the remark about the Leinenkugel brewery was meant to be in line with the rest of the post: total tongue-in-cheek. I guess if I have to explain that I was trying to inject humor while being anecdotal, then it must not have been that funny. I just thought it was ironic that a sponsor of such legislation happens to reside in the very same town of a well-known brewery. The “campaign contribution” remark was not meant to be insulting nor was it an attempt to question your integrity.

Best wishes to you as well, Sir.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A victory for life!!

Now, I've got to tell you, I do not consider support for a partial-birth abortion ban to be any indication of real pro-life sentiment. It simply means that you are not willing to be a heinous, and disgusting, and repulsive extremist on this issue. But that is a step in the right direction.
-Alan Keyes
in a speech delivered in 1997




With a Supreme Court bench actually looking to uphold laws rather than legislate, the "partial-birth abortion ban" remains law.


The Supreme Court's conservative majority handed anti-abortion forces a major victory Wednesday in a decision that bans a controversial abortion procedure and set the stage for further restrictions.

For the first time since the court established a woman's right to an abortion in 1973, the justices upheld a nationwide ban on a specific abortion method, labeled partial-birth abortion by its opponents.


A partial-birth abortion ban was initially passed by Congress in 1998 only to have then President Bill Clinton veto the bill. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate did not have the two-thirds majority to override the veto.

Thankfully, the ban was re-introduced in 2003, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.


"I am pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that prohibits the abhorrent procedure of partial birth abortion," Bush said. "Today's decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people's representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America."


AMEN!!!

What’s better is that the major Democrat candidates for President have gone on record expressing their dismay over the Supreme Court's ruling.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

About me: A to Z.

Were it not for Mitch and Sheila doing these things I would lack for some good blogging material.

Here goes:

A- Available or Single? No.

B- Best Friend. My gal!

C- Cake or Pie. Cake

D- Drink of Choice. Cola flavored XS energy drink.

E- Essential Item. Since it’s the 21st century I gotta go with cell phone.

F- Favorite Color. Blue.

G- Gummi Bears or Worms. Neither does much for me.

H- Hometown. Born and raised in St Paul. Currently reside in Coon Rapids.

I- Indulgence. A peanut buster parfait from DQ.

J- January or February. February. We’re that much closer to Spring and the Super Bowl usually takes place that month.

K- Kids. What about’ em? We have none if that’s what you’re asking.

L- Life is incomplete without…..God.

M- Marriage Date. July 7, 2000. That means on 07/07/07 we will celebrate 7 years of wedded bliss!

N- Number of Siblings? One brother, a half sister and a half brother. I usually say “three” but if you do the math it would make two WHOLE siblings.

O- Oranges or Apples? Oranges

P- Phobias/Fears. Canadian Geese

Q- Favorite Quote. “I’d rather attempt something great and fail than do nothing and succeed.” Also, one from Abraham Lincoln: “I’d rather be silent and assumed a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

R- Reasons to smile. When a baby smiles at you.

S- Season. Summer. I have an affinity for bike rides, walks and Major League Baseball.

T- Tag Three. Greg, Ben and that gal who calls herself “Mall Diva”.

U- Unknown Fact About Me. Well, it’s little known that I****SORRY. THAT TIDBIT WILL REMAIN UNKNOWN****

V – Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals. Big-time oppressor of animals!!

W- Worst Habit. Sarcasm.

X – X-rays or Ultrasounds. Whatever works best for the job at hand.

Y- Your Favorite Foods. Italian and Mexican. Is it any wonder why I’ve been over 200 lbs. since 1999?

Z- Zodiac. Gemini

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Once again, the third week of April brings tragedy.

What is it about the third week in April?

-April 19, 1993. Tragedy occurred in Waco, TX. Certifiable kook Cult leader David Koresh and 73 of his followers were killed as their compound burned to the ground.

-April 19, 1995. A Federal building in Oklahoma City, OK was bombed in a terrorist attack which claimed 168 lives and left over 800 others injured.

-April 20, 1999. One word – COLUMBINE. At Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, two students opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 24 others before turning the guns on themselves.

And today, April 16, 2007. The shocking events which took place at Virginia Tech University, resulting in the largest shooting rampage in modern US history. In all, 33 people died, including the gunman after taking his own life.

Is it merely a coincidence that some of the most highly publicized mass killings in US history have taken place around this time of year? There was some urban legend floating around after the Columbine incident which stated the three major incidents took place to commemorate Adolf Hitler’s birthday, which is April 20.

I don’t know how much weight that theory holds. One thing I do know for sure is over the past 14 years we have observed some horrific and senseless loss of life this time of year.

Our prayers go out to the families of all the victims.

Packer fans not welcoming Moss with open arms.

Well I guess I misread that one.

After taking gratuitous shots at the Green Bay Packers fans last month, I now realize they may have standards after all.

After several weeks of rumors regarding a trade for Oakland Raiders WR Randy Moss, it appears likely that the Packers aren’t going to pull the trigger. Now it could be that Green Bay is waiting for the possibility of the Raiders to release Moss so they could sign him via free agency. That way they could negotiate a lower salary than what is on his current contract. But if many Packer fans have their way, Moss will not be donning the green and gold any time soon.

From what I hear, the majority of letters and e-mails sent to the Packers front office have been pleading against any possible acquisition of Moss. This is especially amazing when you consider that iconic Packer QB Brett Favre is the one who allegedly endorsed the move from the beginning. Obviously, the Packer backers are not with Favre on this one.

I maintain that if Moss went anywhere, Green Bay might be one of the few places where he could make a positive impact. Since his rookie season with the Vikings, Moss has maintained little to no respect for any opposing player (or teammate for that matter) except one – Brett Favre. So if there’s one QB who could get in Moss’ face if he pulls his “play when I wanna play” garbage, it would be Favre. With Moss being the only big playmaker the Vikings and Raiders had, no quarterback had the guts to stand up to Randy for fear they would alienate him and lose him altogether. As a result, placating the enigmatic Moss became the pass time. But in Green Bay they already have a big time wide receiver in Donald Driver. It would stand to reason that if Moss goes into pout mode for not getting enough passes thrown his way, the Packers will function just fine without his input.

So if Moss indeed becomes a Packer, he should cherish every moment he has to be in the same offensive huddle as Favre. After all, there isn’t a huge demand for a 30-year old head case with a three-year string of injury problems.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Obama finally weighs in on Imus.

Well, since everyone else is weighing in on the Don Imus flap, I guess I will, too.

As you’ve probably heard by now, radio “shock jock” Imus referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as a bunch of “nappy-headed hos.”

For the record, this is NOT a “defend Imus” post. I found his comments incredibly crude and reprehensible. What’s worse is it seemed to have cheapened Rutgers’ magical run all the way to the NCAA women’s basketball championship game last week.

But there was one individual in particular who was conspicuous by his silence on this issue. After some criticism was levied toward Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama for not condemning Imus’ comments immediately, the Illinois senator finally spoke up today.


In an interview with ABC News Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for the firing of talk radio host Don Imus. Obama said he would never again appear on Imus' show, which is broadcast on CBS Radio and MSNBC television.

"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."

"He didn't just cross the line," Obama said. "He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women — who I hope will be athletes — that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It's one that I'm not interested in supporting."


But I have a question, Senator Obama. What about writing rap lyrics referring to young African-American women as “Hos”? Worse yet, the title of the rap is “Ho”, a ditty which says all they’re good for is…well, I’ll spare the crude and disgusting details. Suffice to say, the images are not flattering.

Oh, and the author of those lyrics? None other then a guy who calls himself Ludacris. You remember him, don’t you? You met with him in your office just four months ago.


Did you happen to discuss “Ho” with him during your November meeting and the concern you have for such degrading rhetoric?

Somehow, I think not.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

White has the green but wants Dodger blue.

Matt White is currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system. He’s a left-handed relief pitcher who’s just trying to make the big club. So why has there been all this attention focused on him lately?


(He’s) the lucky dude who bought 50 acres from his great aunt in 2003 to help cover her nursing-home care, hoping one day to build a house there. He later found some rock -- well, not just some rock, 24 million tons of highly prized rock -- that sells for around $100 a ton. On paper, and in the papers, he became the "baseball billionaire."

Certainly the estimated value of the quarry in Cummington, Mass., has a line of zeroes any pitcher would envy. Forget for a moment the huge cost of excavating the stuff and stick to the fantasy math. White's $2.4 billion windfall would place him 131st on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans in 2006, $100 million ahead of Mark Cuban. He could buy the A's, Angels, Mariners and Rangers and turn the AL West into the AL White. Or he could purchase the Dodgers, as teammates suggested this spring, and pay himself to be the closer. The rock is worth almost 10 times more than Alex Rodriguez's record 10-year, $252 million contract. "White," Los Angeles pitcher Randy Wolf says, "should be A-Rock."


If indeed White makes the big leagues (he’s currently with the Dodgers’ Triple-A team), you can be sure some smart aleck play-by-play announcers will make witty allusions to his wealth whenever he pitches.


If White allows three straight hits and a walk:

“Even though he’s a billionaire, he couldn’t buy an out today.”


If he gives up a game-winning home run:

“Keep your chin up, Matt. You’re still wealthier than Oprah.”


Even when things go well, like striking out Barry Bonds with a nasty slider:

“The kid’s got it all: Nasty slider, good fastball…..and 2 ½ billion dollars.”


Yes, when you have that much cash I would hope you could afford a healthy sense of humor.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

End of an era.

Pasquale’s loud, obnoxious space with overwhelming smoke smell Restaurant is no more. As I walked into Northtown Mall in Blaine this evening, the place had already been gutted after shutting its doors last Monday.

Perhaps if a certain couple who had their first date there in the 1980s had their picture hung up on the Pasquale's Wall of Fame…..

…it would have attracted a ton more business and had much classier clientele.

C’mon Greg! Why do you and your wife have to be so humble? I betcha they would have even roped off the booth you sat in and made it a tourist attraction.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Zach Johnson wins 2007 Masters.

While my prediction of Tiger Woods to win the 2007 Masters didn’t pan out, I can’t say I’m bitterly disappointed. The young man who ended up winning showed the kind of grace and humility I wish more pro athletes possessed. 31-year old Zach Johnson emerged victorious, winning his first major PGA event.

The CBS-TV commentators remarked how Johnson, a Cedar Rapids, IA native, showed steely-eyed poise and determination down the stretch despite 4-time Masters champ Tiger Woods lurking within a shot or two of the lead. I always noticed most guys getting the old “pucker factor” kicking in when Tiger has a chance to pounce. But not Johnson. Not on this weekend anyways.

In a very poignant moment upon completing his round Sunday, Johnson embraced his wife Kim and 3-month old baby boy, Will.

When it was officially Johnson’s championship, he made the customary walk to Butler Cabin at Augusta National to receive the prestigious green jacket. During the post-tourney interview, Johnson was asked how he kept it together in spite of the pressure he undoubtedly felt. On this Easter Sunday, he acknowledged his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


"My faith is very important to me," he said. "I had people looking after me. It was awesome."


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Family update.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time you no doubt know that I’ve revealed a lot about myself and my family.

At the very least you know that I have a wonderful wife with whom I will celebrate seven years of wedded bliss this July. You also know that we have yet to be blessed with children but have anticipated one day we will be parents.

It was approximately 5 ½ years ago when we announced that we were ready to have kids. Naturally our parents were excited at the prospect of us having a baby. We knew in our heart of hearts that we would be having a little girl, which would make her the first granddaughter on either side of the family. That little princess will not want for anything her first few years.

With no success a couple of years into the process, we decided to undergo various fertility tests. Everything seemed fine so we figured it was a matter of time before we would have the glorious news to share.

Which brings us to this weekend.

After many discussions as husband and wife in trying to attain the proper mindset for parental endeavors, Jen & I have now decided to abandon our parenthood aspirations….at least in terms of natural pregnancy.

With my wife and I being staunch pro-lifers, we support any venue which allows young women the opportunity to eschew the abortion option. That is why we are now considering adoption through Mercy Ministries. Amongst the many wonderful programs for young women who face life-controlling issues, Mercy helps pregnant residents with placing their babies into a loving, faithful family as well as provides parenting classes for those who want to be mothers.

Since coming to this conclusion, we have felt some trepidation about what lies ahead. Then again, isn’t that what faith is all about? We are commanded to “lean not unto our own understanding”. We may not always understand what the Lord has in store but He assures us through His Word that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

So instead of swimming in the proverbial pool of pity for not having a baby naturally, we have decided to provide a wonderful home to a child who has been given life.

The serendipity comes from sparing the grief of a young woman who could have chosen to head to the abortion clinic.

God indeed has a plan for all of our lives!

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

New blogging assignment.

Fred Thompson



I have graciously accepted Leo Pusateri’s invitation to contribute to the blog “Minnesotans for Fred!!” It’s a venue which will focus exclusively on the Presidential candidacy of Fred Thompson, who served as Senator of Tennessee from 1995-2003.

While the current crop of GOP candidates has failed generate a buzz amongst the conservative base, Thompson’s candidacy would definitely be a shot in the arm.

Feel free to check out the blog at http://minnesotansforthompson.blogspot.com/
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Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday.

I would like to take the time to wish you all a blessed Good Friday!

While many folks may be rejoicing on this day because they don’t have to go to work or school, it is a day where many Christians take some time to rejoice. Today we are commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It seems rather morbid to rejoice in someone else’s death, but not if you realize that isn’t the end of the story. With Easter occurring this Sunday, we will celebrate the fact that Jesus denied the grave three days later and rose again!!

Not so coincidentally, church attendance is at its highest on two occasions: Christmas (celebrating Jesus’ birth) and Easter (Jesus’ resurrection).

My wife and I are blessed to be able to attend a wonderful church in Spring Lake Park called Emmanuel Christian Center. This Sunday, there will be two morning services taking place. One starts at 8:45 and the other at 10:30.

Jen & I would like to personally invite you to attend! Even if you’ve never been to church in your life, I can promise that it will give you a sense of joy and peace which you’ve never experienced.

For directions to Emmanuel, click here.

We hope to see you on Sunday for what I assure you will be a life changing experience!

God Bless You!!

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Tiger's drive for five.

Hey, I’m on a roll so why stop now.

-I predicted the Indianapolis Colts would win the Super Bowl by 10 points. They beat the Chicago Bears 29-17

-The morning the NCAA men’s basketball tourney started, I said the Florida Gators would be the first repeat champs since Duke in 1992. Much to Ben’s chagrin, I nailed that one too.

With The Masters starting tomorrow, one Eldrick Tiger Woods will claim his fifth green jacket Sunday, ten years after snagging his first in his Augusta debut.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Doogie redux.

To be honest, I don’t make it a habit to watch any local newscasts.

But in a rare lapse, I happened to catch the tail end of FOX 9 news one night last week. Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (of sports radio KFAN fame) was filling in at the Sports desk that particular evening.

Last December, when I first learned Doogie fills in at channel 9 once in a while, I more or less said I didn’t think he would be very good. To be specific, I believe I predicted a proverbial train wreck. A month after making said prediction, Doogie himself sent me an e-mail. I won’t publish what he wrote but let’s just say he didn’t agree with my “Deer in headlights” assessment.

Well Doogie, after witnessing your sportscast last week I now have a different classification: Fish out of water.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Game(s) Night!



Enjoying the Twins home opener against the Baltimore Orioles.











The Twins were leading in the sixth inning 7-4 when I look at my watch. It's 8:20 pm, which means.....











....it's time to root on the Florida Gators in their quest for a second consecutive NCAA championship in men's basketball.

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First Monday in April: Decisions, Decisions.

Torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool
Loving you both is breaking all the rules
Mary MacGregor
Lyrics from the 70s ditty "Torn Between Two Lovers."



I face a similar dilemma this evening since it is Opening Day for my Minnesota Twins as well as NCAA Championship night for the men’s basketball tourney.

Yes, I’m torn between two sporting events.

Normally it’s not an issue since the Twins have been #1 in my heart since 1978. But I have a rooting interest in the basketball final since I boldly predicted the Florida Gators would be the first team to repeat since the 1992 Dukies. I want to bask in my own glory as I nail my second sports prognostication in a 60-day span (The Super Bowl being the other).

Wait!! I just realized I can have it all! The Twins start at 6:00 pm since they are nationally televised. The Florida-Ohio St matchup doesn’t start until 8:00!!

Oh, this is going to be a fun night!!
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Voice of the Twins passes on.

Herb Carneal
1923-2007



This picture of long-time Minnesota Twins announcer Herb Carneal was on the front of a postcard he sent to me in 1993. So as a fan of the Twins since 1978, I was saddened to learn of Carneal’s passing today due to congestive heart failure. He was 83.

Almost 14 years ago Herb was away from the Twins for a while due to having a heart valve replaced. I wrote him a get-well letter. Also in that letter I shared some anecdotes from my days as a youthful Twins fan. I told him how I used to fall asleep to the radio broadcasts when the Twins were on the West Coast. Yes, there were many nights as an elementary school-aged kid where the last thing I heard before falling asleep was the sound of Herb’s voice. Upon his recovery from his 1993 heart procedure, Herb said he was so overwhelmed by the fans’ response that he took time to write some personal replies.

Pictured below is one which I received.



















In the 46 seasons the Twins have been in existence, Herb has been the voice of the club the past 45. When it comes to the phrase “Twins Baseball”, very few names are more synonymous with the organization than the name Herb Carneal.

Not only was Herb a legend in the Upper Midwest region, he was nationally recognized as one of the premier play-by-play announcers. In 1996 he received the prestigious Ford C. Frick award, which is an award presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball.”

For most Twins fans, we will miss his warm, folksy greeting of “Hi, Everybody” as he began each and every broadcast.

Whether or not we knew Herb Carneal personally, I would venture a guess that many of the Twins faithful feel like we’ve lost a dear friend.

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