Monday, August 28, 2006

Walker Best: A small momento

For those who don't already know, a friend of ours from A&M passed away tragically in a train accident early Saturday morning. I know we hear names of people all the time with unfortunate situations, but here's a face to go with the name Walker Best whether you've ever met him or not. Walker is wearing a green shirt and is on the floor in the front and center and I just thought it would be appropriate to post a picture of some of our Fish Aide group during this time. He will certainly be missed by us and many others, but thank God that our eternal salvation is in Him and that Walker is with Our God at this very moment...

I think Stephen Speaks said it well:
"We will sing, we will rise
We will laugh away the night
And the good times will never end, when we meet again."

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A Night with Dwight

If you are not mesmerized by the protruding mullet and leather pants then surely the fancy footwork will get you. Last night we had our first encounter with The Kentucky State Fair. We came to the fair for the food, the people, and free Dwight Yoakum.

First of all, I'm a sucker for the fair favorite--the funnel cake. If I attend any fair type event or any place where you can find carneys, you can bet a funnel cake will be in store. Last night was no exception because I consumed my annual artery clogging funnel cake with sheer delight. Also, there was a notable sign in the food area that proclaimed "Pork Butts on a Stick"--now I've never seen that in action and I don't know how they do it but I'm sure it's a PETA favorite.

Second, you just can't beat the sights and sounds of the conglomeration of humanity that come from every crack, crevice, and trailer park from miles around. I believe the crowd was at their finest when they almost overtook a security guard for not letting them cross in front of some show horses. Apparently the Kentucky State Fair is home to some world championship horse show and the horse people let you know about it. They take up an entire section between the indoor and outdoor arenas and it is hard for people to cross in the midst of their riding. The crowd began heckling the horses, riders, and security guards and finely after waiting 10 minutes with no movement in sight some guy at the back yelled "let's get er done" and the whole crowd rushed forward. I felt just like a soldier in a battle for territory and almost shouted "Remember the Alamo!", but then quickly remembered I'm not in Texas anymore...

Lastly, we capped off the evening with a free concert featuring Dwight Yoakum. If y'all were previously unaware, Phillip is a closet Dwight fan and so we had to attend to get our Yoakum fix. I must say, we had a good time amidst the many Marlboro clouds floating past us and the light up Hawaiian leis illuminating the night. We love a good concert and a great experience and the Kentucky State Fair certainly did not disappoint.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hot Church

This past Sunday we arrived to church to find that a storm had knocked out the AC on the first floor of the building. I wasn't really concerned because generally churches are chilly on Sunday mornings as opposed to warm. The men who would normally wear suits had shucked them for just the nice tie, dress shirt, and slacks. Everyone was very apologetic especially to the visitors for the uncomfortable nature of the place, but it really wasn't that bad. The best part was that the church sign that happened to be up for the past 2 weeks (pre and post storm) was dramatically fitting. It read "This church is prayer-conditioned." Oh yes, the church sign theology strikes again to the delight and amusement of all involved!

Gratefully, our Sunday school teacher Dr. Moore pointed out that most Christians in the world past and present have not had churches with AC at all or nice buildings to meet in. That does serve as a reminder to be ultimately thankful for all of the things God provides even when they do go on the fritz.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Good picture...

2 of the greatest things in awhile...

1) Last night, I discovered one of the funniest things I've seen done by a seminary professor. Kudos and a grateful bow to Dr. Randy Stinson of SBTS for creating the Question Evaluation Chart. It's a little helpful thing that we all wished we had in any class we've ever been in at any time, be it elementary or graduate. I've tried for quite some time to post it on here for you to read, but to no avail. Perhaps Phillip will put it up on his blog soon--keep checking. The basic point of the chart is to discern questions from comments and if you should be asking/commenting in class or not. The best part includes the fat stop sign in the middle of the page that says STOP! Don't Speak! It is a flow chart type model that I like to think of as sheer brilliance on an 8 1/2 x 11 page. So, all of you Mr. Know it Alls and you Miss 5 Minute Question Askers, you will no longer take up others time in class for no reason thanks to the Question Evaluation Chart. This thing is long overdue...

Check out The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website where Dr. Stinson is the Executive Director

2) We just went to lunch at a Chinese place next to the Ghetto Kroger (scary I know) called the Great Wall. All of their lunch specials are only $3.95 and you get your item, plus rice, plus a drink or an eggroll! And, you can even make two light meals out of the portion they give you. Basically, it's awesome and for a poor seminary couple the price is right. I'm sure we will make many more trips to the Great Wall to indulge our tastebuds with bliss and our pocketbooks with love!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Churchill Downs Museum

On Sunday, we took our friend Chris to visit the Churchill Downs Museum and if any of y'all ever come visit we'll probably take you too. The museum was very well done and quite enjoyable. They had pictures, videos, and all kinds of memorabilia. Dad, you'd be especially glad to know they even had a veterinarian exhibit!

After we'd been touring the museum for awhile, we went on a tour of the track which was great. Now, we're certifiable Churchill experts. We had a pretty interesting tour guide who had platinum blonde hair and bright red lipstick--it seemed her biggest concern regarding racing was when and how to get some bourbon. At the end of the tour, they had a horse on exhibit who happened to be the grandson-horse of Seattle Slew a Triple Crown winner in the 70's. He also had a stall companion named Winston who is a miniture horse who probably gets in a lot of pictures just for being close to the race horse. All in all, fun times at the track.

FYI On another note, I don't have internet at my new job so that's why the posts have been a little less frequent, but I'm getting back into the groove.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

It's been too long

I have been off the blogging map for far too long. I took some time off while we went to New Mexico. Our time there was good and we enjoyed seeing old friends.

Speaking of friends, we have our first out of town guest in this's our Fish Aide Lil Bro Chris Rogers. I will give you some updates from our time this weekend soon. There is lots to share!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Turn lane, parked cars, and potholes oh my!

Well, I officially almost screamed in the car yesterday due to the realization that the Texas highway system dominates Kentucky road maintenance. I will tip my hat to TxDOT and never complain about Texas roads or engineering anymore (well, probably...) Here's some things I've noticed about KY roads:

1) They do not like to incorporate left turn lanes on the roads here. This significantly impedes traffic flow and significantly impedes my driving enjoyment.

2) Very few driveways exist in Louisville, thus parked cars reside in the far right lane. They take up the entire right lane and pop up out of no where.

3) Potholes always show up right when you least expect them and have no chance of avoiding them.

Therefore, a typical driving scenario might look like this:

I'm on my way to the Ghetto Kroger and am traveling in the inside (left lane) to avoid those pesky parked cars. I'm crusing along at the usual 37 mph when I come to a red light. At the green signal I'm ready to proceed, when lo and behold Mr. Tan Ford Taurus wants to turn left in front of me and because there's no turn lane I can't go. I sigh, wait for cars to pass, then make the switch to the right lane. I make it through the intersection only to find a parked car now in my path--grrrrr! Now, I must slow back down and proceed again to the left lane. As I'm making the transition, surprise! ba-dum-ba-dum POTHOLE! My body gets jolted as does the trailblazer and now I'm a little frustrated. I take a deep breath and re-focus just in time to pull into the parking at last.

Final Analysis: Kentucky could use some A&M engineers to alleviate these issues and by that I mean...give me a soapbox, a street grid, and some asphalt and I'll solve all the road problems. Hallelujah. Amen.