Archive for October, 2007

The Green Monster is gone!

And before all you in the Red Sox Nation start worrying about what those enraged Rockies fans did to your beloved Fenway… don’t call the cops. Call off the search party. Everything is cool. I’m not talking about THAT Green Monster…

Nope — we sold our couches last night! Major kudos to my wife who is becoming quite the internet shopper now turned internet seller! Sarah found some old pictures we had from the house in MD and posted them on CraigsList. Then after a weekend and a day, we had a guy come over last night and just like that – bing bang boom – we were $400 richer and 2 couches lighter. SUPERB! It stinks that we’re still paying on them, but you might remember from an earlier post that the monster couch was never able to make it down into the basement, no matter how hard we pushed, pried, prodded and perthwuddled (OK, I made that last one up… there was no perthwuddling). With all the other furniture, not to mention the color of the monster, it just wouldn’t work in the living room.

Now we have the sleeper sofa with slipcover in the front room, all the boxes have been temporarily moved from the living room to the guest room, the rug has been put down and we are waiting to see if the sleeper sofa is gonna sell. I kinda like this CraigsList thing. Much more immediate than eBay, and a much better option for larger items. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of it, but for those who haven’t, CraigsList is a free consumer-focused garage sale basically. Since it’s all locally-based, people look things up by area and then negotiate with the seller. It’s strictly a cash deal, and unlike eBay, CraigsList assumes no responsibility for financial transactions. The reason I like it is cause it’s immediate, it gets searched a ton, and offers some quality USED stuff. As long as you heed the old “caviat emptor”, everything’s hunky dory. So anyway, I think I might be putting some more stuff up there for people. If they want them — great. If not, oh well.

Oh yeah — and we got a piano! We were visiting friends in Indianapolis over the weekend and they offered us their spinet Wurlitzer. We actually took the legs off and got it to fit in the back of the van, and now it’s sitting in our living room awaiting its final resting place. Luckily our awesome neighbor and his brother in law (who just so happens to be the previous owner of our house) came over to help Sarah and I get it into the house. I was stupid and tried to do it with Sarah by ourselves on Sunday evening, but wasn’t thinking clearly — since it took SIX of us to get it INTO the van. Gravity is cool and all, but seriously Rezer… what were you thinking?

After all of the movin’ and shakin’, we put together the old trusty futon in the basement (since we were now couchless (loveseat, actually) and it’s just like old-times. Man we got a lot accomplished yesterday. Sarah did a lot of work on her own, and she deserves some serious rest today… but unfortunately she’s not going to get much. Now we have to start packing for our big trip east for my cousin’s wedding. Hurray! Looking forward to visits to both Philly and MD, and it will be nice to see everyone. It’s been too long…

It’s official!

Nothing like a holiday weekend to open up spots on a team and offer a chance to serve! Sarah and I are scheduled to play Nov 24-25!
We’re psyched to be part of the VCC worship family! Now all we gotta do is write a bio… :-)

Treasure in the Attic

Sarah and I enjoy watching shows from time to time like Anyiques Roadshow and Treasure in the Attic. My guess is that they’ve never experienced a motherlode like this one!

Piles of old coins found in Pa. home – USATODAY.com

Sarah and I got a chance to sit in on a rehearsal for the Vineyard Cincy band last night with Charlie Hines and the crew and had a blast! It was so great to be back in that environment again, and playing with GREAT players to boot! It was also nice to be able to roll into a rehearsal and not set up any GEAR since the church provides everything, including the tech crew, house sound, lights, etc for REHEARSAL. Whoa. Very nice. They also use the Aviom monitor system which we were looking into getting for JC, and I must say it’s quite cool. Being able to set individual levels for all the players in the band in my mix, and even have them even pan L-R if I want, was WAY cool. We jammed on 3 of the 4 songs with the team (including another drummer who was auditioning), Sarah go a chance to sing lead and harmony on a bunch of songs, and then we turned it over to the full team so they could finish their rehearsal for the weekend.

Afterwards a bunch of us (including some of the tech staff) went over to Chili’s for some “Mango Tea.” Side note: It was kinda funny cause I thought he said we were going for “Mango Time”, referring to everyone’s favorite SNL character — although I didn’t quite get the reference or understand WHAT we were actually going to be doing there if we were indeed going for “Mango Time”… but I digress…

We socialized for a while and then Charlie said — “Well, congratulations! We’d love to welcome you to the team!” WAHOOO! So it looks like Sarah and I will probably serve the same week (once per month) so we can continue serving on the tech team as well — we’re actually running cameras tonight at Cincinnati Worships which should be quite coolio. Love it!

It’s going to be so nice to serve this way again. I’m really looking forward to playing, experimenting with new keyboards and sounds, and getting to know the different team members and meeting some new friends. REALLY looking forward to it.

Now from the mind of Jeff

I’ve been posting articles and other things lately, so enough of that. Here’s the real news:

We got a settlement on our table, etc lost by one said moving company (“They Who Shall Not Be Named”). The furniture company, Little’s in Frederick MD, is replacing the order for us and we should have it in about 12 weeks. At least that part of it is over. Unfortunately there’s still that matter of ALL OF OUR MISSING STUFF! We’re finding out new things that are missing every day… like our Christmas Tree stand, a box of clothes, etc. There will probably be new revelations every week or so. Ahhh, moving. The gift that keeps on taking. :-)

We’re gonna try to file in small claims court to get the payment for services not rendered by They Who Shall Not Be Named. Don’t know if it will work, cause our CC company won’t dispute the charge since we actually SIGNED the delivery form stating that everything was received. Lovely. One of those things you don’t really think about until it’s too late.

We’re going to Philly next weekend for my cousin’s wedding and are really looking forward to it… seeing family, etc. It will be a great time I’m sure, and we’ve scheduled just enough down-time to allow for a real vacation, I think. Also planning on taking an evening to head down to DC, staying over with djcunnin et al and going to JC in the morning. It just so happens that it’s HarvestFest, so we’ll be able to visit with a lot more people than we would be able to normally, which is cool. Bummer of it is that TravelinGirl76 and bulldogslair will be in New England for a wedding… but we’re gonna try to catch up with them on their way back down I-95.

Sarah and I get to audition with the Vineyard band tonight. REEEEALLY looking forward to it. Music is my true passion and it will be great to experience it again in an intimate setting like this, plus I’m sure we’ll forge some new friendships. I’m really excited we’re finally gonna be able to plug in this way.

OK – that’s all for now… more to come (as usual). And I promise to make sure I write more from me and less from others. Honest. :-)

Forget bungee jumping. Sign me up for this! Sure, I’d be scared out of my britches, but it would be SOOOOO cool… that is, if I survived the fall…

‘Space diving’ to be latest extreme sport – Telegraph

“I gotchure lapptop riight heeeeeere [hiccup]…”

Return laptop, get a lifetime of beer – USATODAY.com

Myvu Universal Virtual Headset – New York Times

Look out Jordy — now I’ve got some cool glasses too!

Great song…

Heard this at a night of music at Vineyard last night… it’s been running through my brain today and I thought I’d share. Anyone interested can download it on iTunes (the guy on this actual recording is the worship leader at Vineyard Cincy)…

ALL I HAVE
Tim Dobbelmann, Gabriel Brennan, Nate Brennan

What have I in this life
But the love in Your eyes
This empty world will one day fade
Only Your truth will remain

Jesus, all I have is You
You’re the hope I’m holding to
I might weep but still my faith
Rests in You…

As the heavens hold the skies
It’s Your hand that holds my life
And Your love will lead me on
When all else is gone…

Java.

Joe.

Black Gold.

The Elixir of Life.

Mud.

and my personal fav…

Jamoke.

Mmmmm…. cofffeeeeeeee…….. Is there nothing you can’t do???

You know you are addicted to coffee if …

  • You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
  • You sleep with your eyes open.
  • You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
  • You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer.
  • Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
  • The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
  • You’re so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.
  • You can type sixty words per minute with your feet.
  • You can jump-start your car without cables.
  • You don’t sweat, you percolate.
  • You’ve built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
  • Instant coffee takes too long.
  • You channel surf faster without a remote.
  • You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
  • You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
  • You short out motion detectors.
  • You don’t even wait for the water to boil anymore.
  • Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
  • You help your dog chase its tail.
  • Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.
  • You ski uphill.
  • You answer the door before people knock.
  • You haven’t blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
  • You can thread the needle on your sewing machine… while it’s running