Random Thoughts Rob Bell

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.

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Time and Chance

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.

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Impress Your Friends

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

Friday the 13th Random Thoughts

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

Random Randomness

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

New T-Shirt

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

As Good As It Gets?

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?

Has The Blog Bubble Burst?

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?

Cna yuo raed tihs?

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?

Houston Wrap Up

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

Random Daily Thoughts

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

“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

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…

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…

Weekend Update

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

Loose Lips

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…

Passport Thoughts

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

Me and My Treo

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