I’m a pretty big twitter user, but I honestly never follow the “trending topics”. For those unfamiliar with twitter, there is a way of tagging your “tweets” and when enough people are talking about the same thing, it makes a top 10 list of sorts on Twitter. So it’s a list of hot topics so to speak. It’s usually filled with current news and important topics. So when I read a tweet today that referred to Rob Bell being on this list..I was concerned.
It’s Monday evening and the Memorial Day weekend is coming to a close. In reflecting on a weekend which was a complete blur, I found it interesting how many of the events of the weekend included people in very different stages of life. Ecclesiastes 9:11 came to mind as well.
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
Friday night, I watched “the boy” called on to pitch the last inning of a game in which they were leading 13-0. He just had to get three outs and the game was over. The very first batter hit a pop out on the first pitch he saw…1 out. “The Boy” would only record one more out before being pulled for another pitcher. He just couldn’t find a groove. I felt terrible for him. They won the game 13-3 but “the boy” only saw his failure. Through heavy tears on the way home he said “I was terrible. I couldn’t get anybody out”. My heart broke for him as we’ve all had days like that. Not just in baseball.
A humorous look at Sunday Morning. Credit goes to North Point Media. [Vimeo 11501569] Continue reading Sunday's Coming.
A humorous look at Sunday Morning. Credit goes to North Point Media. [Vimeo 11501569] Continue reading Sunday’s Coming.
So you’re headed to a holiday party and you want to impress your friends. Or maybe the kids are home for vacation and just dying to play with fire. Well have I got the cure for you. Here are 10 little tricks you can try at parties to impress your friends or co-workers. You can also polish up your skills at home and have the kids thinking you’re “Houdini”. *Disclaimer – The makers, contributors, authors and web masters of aaronconrad.com are not responsible for any accidents which may take place as the result of working out your mad skills attempting … Continue reading Impress Your Friends
1. Did you know that there is actually a fear of Friday the 13th? It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia 2. I could not find a fear of people named Jason on the web though. 3. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth” -Muhammad Ali 4. I have to be honest and say that the whole “Twilight, New Moon” obsession bus must have passed me by. I just don’t understand. 5. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…. 6. The fear of vampires is called Sanguivoriphobia. 7. Tar Heels haven’t looked too bad in their first few … Continue reading Friday the 13th Random Thoughts
Much going on right now, but not enough worthy of a full blown post. So here are some random thoughts to get us all caught up: Very proud of all 3 of my little ones. Last weekend they competed in the Red Nose Race for kids prior to the Columbus Marathon. Each one competed in a different race based on their age group. They had a great time…no pun intended. Even though Windows 7 was released last week, I have ZERO interest in it. I am now the proud owner of a MacBook Pro and LOVE this thing. The excitement … Continue reading Random Randomness
I am officially not allowed to visit johnnytshirt.com anymore. Dangerous things happen every time I do. This is actually for the half-marathon on August 30th. I thought I would annoy my good friend (and Duke Fan) Jeff for 13.1 miles! Rumor has it that he has been doing some shopping too. His Duke shirt can be found (HERE). GO HEELS!! Continue reading New T-Shirt
This might be a “data dump” of sorts, but it is what has been on my mind for a little over a week now. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t ever think about the house we almost bought in Charlotte, North Carolina. I won’t act like there are not days when I wonder what it would have looked like to be there now instead of Ohio. There are moments where I drift off to thinking about what being “here” means, looks like, feels like and if this is “as good as it gets”. Does that make … Continue reading As Good As It Gets?
A rabbit trail today led me to a blog that hit on a subject that I have written and re-written and never posted several times. The author of this blog post makes a good argument for why many bloggers have decided to either take a break or quit altogether. As many of you will remember, I took a break AND called it quits a few months ago. I then made a return here lately but have been fascinated by the amount of blogging friends I follow that are no longer blogging regularly or at all. Just last night I hit … Continue reading Has The Blog Bubble Burst?
My nephew sent me the email below as a forward. I guess I would be one of the 55. How about you? Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it … Continue reading Cna yuo raed tihs?
As promised, I got my picture of the flag pole in Center Field at Minute Maid Park. What a GREAT ball park that is. Good pitching matchup game too (Oswalt vs. Lincecum). For those that missed my twittering throughout the day, below are some of the random posts as I traveled: Decided to drive my Grand Prix to the airport this AM. Still my favorite car. Miss Teen Ohio is on my flight to Charlotte. The only reason I know is she is wearing the sash around her neck that says “Miss Teen Ohio” Music to my ears..”Welcome to Charlotte” … Continue reading Houston Wrap Up
I just took an 80’s quiz on facebook (thanks Mary) to determine what 80’s movie I am. I’m “Say Anything”. Imagine that. Try getting this out of your head today. tinyurl.com/pz4sw “I wonder what life would be like if we let Jesus live through you and me” – Big Daddy Weave Two necessities of a successful lunch…A good friend and a Pizza Buffet! Thanks Brian. My 3 year old gave me a pin to put on. I was trying to get it open and she said “you’re going to break it” (SNAP) “see…you broke it”. Businesses should have a trading … Continue reading Random Daily Thoughts
“Random Daily Thoughts” is a recap of posts I made the previous day to Twitter. I really need to clear out my iTunes. It just played “Go Away Little Girl” by Donny Osmond. “I’ve got who’s-its and what’s-its galore. You want thing-a-mabobs? I’ve got twenty. But who cares? No big deal. I want more” – Ariel Seen and Heard: A kid just rode by my office window on a bicycle…talking on his cell phone. Did I mention it was A KID?!?! Seen and Heard (too): I am not kidding. ANOTHER CHILD just went by my office on one of those … Continue reading Random Daily Thoughts
1. Over the weekend our garage door started acting up (among other things, it came off of the chain). When we got home, I just opened it “the old fashion way”. My son said “how did you open that door”? I told him “I have super human strength”. After a short pause he said, “no seriously….how did you open that door”? 2. From the “Too Much Information Department”…I had a test this morning on my gall bladder. It involved giving some sort of nuclear medicine injected into my veins and then watching it under an imaging machine. When it was … Continue reading What’s Happening…
1. Over the weekend our garage door started acting up (among other things, it came off of the chain). When we got home, I just opened it “the old fashion way”. My son said “how did you open that door”? I told him “I have super human strength”. After a short pause he said, “no seriously….how did you open that door”? 2. From the “Too Much Information Department”…I had a test this morning on my gall bladder. It involved giving some sort of nuclear medicine injected into my veins and then watching it under an imaging machine. When it was … Continue reading What's Happening…
Some quick hits from the weekend that was and the week that is to come…. 1. I finally broke down and bought a pair of Crocs. Well, they are the cheap kind so we’re calling them “Frocs” (Fake Crocs). Anyway, these things rock. They make my feet happy. 2. How about Kasey Kahne winning another race yesterday? As you know, I am a bandwagon huge Kasey Kahne fan. 3. Great news about Patrick Swayze this weekend in his battle against Pancreatic Cancer. Good to see something positive happen in the battle. Nobody puts Swayze in a corner! I was encouraged to … Continue reading Weekend Update
“Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.” – Peter Parker from Spiderman 3 Continue reading Spidey Wisdom
With only 4 days left in the school year, I scheduled to have lunch with “the boy” at school today. He enjoys having me come in (I think it’s the fast food I bring) and I enjoy stepping into his world for 30 minutes. I get the opportunity to observe his circles of influence and see what the other kids at his school are like. I took the opportunity today to ask about several people in the cafeteria. One of the men I inquired about was the guy in charge of keeping the cafeteria and lunch hour running like a … Continue reading Loose Lips
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are going dead? Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they know there is not enough money? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? Whose idea was it to put an “S” in the word “lisp”? If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? Is there ever a day … Continue reading Questions…
My Passport finally arrived today. I’m only a year late in getting it. I can now visit my teams in Canada, which is also a year overdue. As I was looking through my new treasure, I had the following random thoughts: The whole new electronic passport thing sort of weirds me out. Something about having RFID chips embeded in things has a whole lot of Revelation, end times, sci-fi movie theme to it. By the time this passport expires, I will be nearing the half century mark in age and my son will be an adult. It says a lot … Continue reading Passport Thoughts
A year ago I purchased a Treo for work. Little did I know at the time what news this device would deliver in the next 365 days. I couldn’t help but think of that today as I received an unexpected call with some very good news. I won’t go into details here, but it was something I had not anticipated and it left me speechless. I then used the same device to call my wife and give her the good news. After those calls I sat thinking about how this one piece of technology has the power to change an … Continue reading Me and My Treo
Maybe this is a rhetorical question, but I’ll ask it anyway. Would you say that blogging is a prideful exercise? Based on the sermon that created the two posts below, that is what I am asking myself. I think I already know the answer… Continue reading Is Blogging Prideful?
You have to love Gmail. When I opened my inbox this morning, the web clips at the top had the following quote – “Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well” – Josh Billings Continue reading Food for thought
The feedback to my 80’s time killer was fun (online and off-line). Most often heard and read was “if I would have heard the song beforehand, I would have known more of them”. Here’s your shot. Below is one of the greatest songs of all time (in my humble opinion). It comes from one of the greatest movies of all time. It also, happens to be the movie of which I gained my nickname. Oops….I’ve probably said to much. I’m looking for the following: 1. The name of the song 2. The group that sang it 3. The movie it … Continue reading Name that tune
You may or may not know this, but many DVD’s come with a hidden feature called an “Easter Egg“. They are hidden gems on DVD’s that might include additional features or commentary. Well in case you missed it, I put an Easter Egg on this blog yesterday too. A few people found it already so maybe I didn’t do a very good job hiding it. After some conversation with Jeremy, I pulled the trigger on something I have been wanting to do for a long time now. We both are trying something and it will be interesting see how it … Continue reading Easter Eggs
As 2007 rolled into 2008, I took some time to evaluate the things that occupy my time. Obviously one of those “things” is this very blog. I often joke that this thing has taken on a life of it’s own over the years. What started off as a quick diary for family has become a daily digest of my thoughts. As I look ahead to 2008 and what to do next, I guess I have one quick question for those that read the blog. Q: Why do you read this blog? I could be opening a whole can of worms … Continue reading Quick Question…
I read today where MC Hammer (remember him?) is launching a website this month called Dancejam.com. I guess someone gave him 1 Million dollars to start this thing! Basically it will be an on-line site for people to upload videos of them dancing to compete against other peoples videos. We are the lucky ones that get to vote on the videos. It’s like “Dancing With the Stars” without the stars. No truth to the rumor that I have submitted the video of Brynn dancing for the competition. Continue reading U Can’t Touch This?
I read today where MC Hammer (remember him?) is launching a website this month called Dancejam.com. I guess someone gave him 1 Million dollars to start this thing! Basically it will be an on-line site for people to upload videos of them dancing to compete against other peoples videos. We are the lucky ones that get to vote on the videos. It’s like “Dancing With the Stars” without the stars. No truth to the rumor that I have submitted the video of Brynn dancing for the competition. Continue reading U Can't Touch This?
Like everyone else, I hope to do some year end “Best of” posting this week. While I am not sure what all I will get to the web, I’ve got a few things in mind. If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, most of it will not come as any big surprise. With that said, my choice for Song (and maybe CD) of the year is “Home” by Daughtry. While there was a TON of great music this year, for me personally, I relate with this song. I connected with it the first time I heard … Continue reading Song of the Year
I have been hit HARD by a little 24 hour virus, so this is the first chance I have had to get back into the matrix a bit. I found this link sometime last week and just had to share it. Most of you probably know this, but I am color blind. No big deal, it is what it is. Doesn’t really bother me at all. What is funny though is that people often ask me the strangest questions about being color blind. The number one question I get is “So all you see is black and white?” Help has … Continue reading Being Me…
My son has been talking about this for weeks. Today his school had “Pajama Day”. When I dropped him off, I walked by several little people in their comfy, cozy “PJ’s” and was a bit jealous. One little girl even had her pink fuzzy slippers on. I wonder if we could get a movement to incorporate “Pajama Day” in the work force too? We already have “Casual Friday”. How bout “Pajama Monday”? I think I’m onto something here. After all, those two Bananas in Pajamas got away with it! In the words of John Belushi “Who’s with me”? Continue reading It's Pajama Day
My son has been talking about this for weeks. Today his school had “Pajama Day”. When I dropped him off, I walked by several little people in their comfy, cozy “PJ’s” and was a bit jealous. One little girl even had her pink fuzzy slippers on. I wonder if we could get a movement to incorporate “Pajama Day” in the work force too? We already have “Casual Friday”. How bout “Pajama Monday”? I think I’m onto something here. After all, those two Bananas in Pajamas got away with it! In the words of John Belushi “Who’s with me”? Continue reading It’s Pajama Day
I realized yesterday that this is homecoming weekend for my college alma mater. As you can probably tell, I didn’t go. I told Heather last night that there is no place on this earth I would rather NOT be than homecoming. I don’t know that I will ever return there again. Why you ask? I’ve posted it before, but I’ll let Brandon Heath explain it. He does a much better job. “I wish you could see me now, I wish I could show you how that I’m not who I was.” Continue reading Homecoming 2007
There have been some friends that question if I actually work, or just fly around the country going on field trips. Who knew the paparazzi would somehow catch me in the act of actually working? Hopefully this will end all speculation. Update: -Thanks to the Mudpuppy, I must point out that this is NOT a funeral and that is NOT a casket behind me. It was a rather lavish conference room as evidence by the flower arrangements. I does remind me a little of Fletch though. Continue reading I Do Actually Work!
It’s October 19th, in Ohio and 70 degrees outside…in Ohio! Big weekend for the scrapbooking community at our church. The special guest speaker is none other than my sister! I’m not proud of her or anything. Big weekend in our household too. My wife is running in the Columbus Marathon on Sunday. Keep her in your prayers as she completes the race she feels God has called her to run. I’ll be walking a whopping 1/2 mile to catch the beginning, middle and end. With apologies to Justin Timberlake, “I’m Bringin’ Lazy Back”! For you Indians fans out there, there’s … Continue reading Random Friday
Tomorrow is a first for me. Toto and I are flying out VERY early to Kansas. I’ve never been there, so that would make it a first. Just a quick presentation at Kansas Speedway, a quick click of the heels and return to Ohio. I’m hoping to finally make some progress on the Tony Dungy book “Quiet Strength“. It’s been sitting on my desk and in the sidebar under “Currently Reading” for several weeks now. What I have read so far has been amazing. I owe an apology to both Tobymac and Casting Crowns for my low reviews of their … Continue reading Random Randomness
Oh Lebron! Oh the humanity! How dare you wear a Yankee cap in the Indians crib? How can you ever show your face in Cleveland again after wearing a rival teams hat? This is all tongue in cheek folks. Seriously, where is it written that Lebron has to cheer for the Indians just because he plays for the Cavaliers? The only bad judgment I can see is that he likes the Yankees. It’s not the first time he has worn their gear either. Much ado about nothing. That being said, Hey Lebron, “Scoreboard“! Speaking of the Indians, it’s a big … Continue reading Friday Randomness
To quote the great philosopher “Uncle Ricco” from Napoleon Dynamite, “don’t you wish you had a time machine”? Thanks to the Mudpuppy I have spent the entire week listening to 80’s music on XM, Yahoo and my iTunes. I hate to admit it, but the 80’s was great wasn’t it? If you’re still not sure, I have just the cure for you. Below is a little video dedicated to the 80’s. This is in honor of my new feature which we will be seeing more and more of. You’re gonna love this video. This is the best 6:53 you will … Continue reading I Wanna Go Back!
Writing for two blogs is just too much for me to keep up with. With that in mind, the regulars of this blog are going to have to bear with me at times if I post something that is COMPLETELY different then the norm. Maybe it will give even further insight into this bald head of mine. There are just moments when something hits my thought process and must be recorded somewhere. This would be one of those moments. I took a quick break here in the office and read Mudpuppy’s latest post. About 5 minutes later, “Me Myself and … Continue reading On Second Thought