Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Good Day

Physical Thereapy was tough but good. I'm still ahead of the game and should be walking without crutches in a week. I came home and did ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING the rest of the day. Sleep, a couple of tivo'ed Star Trek's (TNG) and still a couple of new dvd's to go. Same agenda tomorrow except I'll add trying to venture out to church tomorrow night. We'll see.

Monday, August 29, 2005

I'm NOT a middle man

I was injured while on a youth retreat therefore I am covered under workman's comp insurance. This is great because the out of pocket expense for my surgery and therapy would have been HUGE. The only problem I'm having now lies in being the middle man. Dr. Office people do not like to talk with insurance people and have placed hte burden on me to get my WC Insurance to fax information to them. My WC agent has faxed it twice and no one in the DR. office has recieved it. It seems to me, and I may be naive, that if I were a paid professional trained to deal with medical charges , billing and insurance companies, I would not want to leave the the responsibility of collecting funds in the hands of a pain stricken, drugged up, angry surgery patient. I would probably bend over backwards to work with an insurance adjuster, who is obviously A LOT nicer than an over weight, angry, whining, pain stricken mountain of a man who doesn't care what time you get off. In all of this, I have found out I am not a middle man. If this bill is going to get paid, they've got to get together and work it out. In the mean time, I'll sit here in pain with one more thing to gripe and blog about.

I Know, It's gross.

It's hard to be stuck in one place when you're use to so much more, but it hasn't been all bad. I've caught up on a lot of rest, CSI, Star Trek TNG, Law & Order, some great bible study and some wonderful time with my wife. She's the GREATEST. It's going to take longer than I thought to get back to work, but I'm keeping busy with some neat gadgets. I get to spend 6 hours a day in a bending machine thingy, Yeah, it has a name, but I call it a thingy. I set it to bend my knee to a certain degrees and it slowly moves it back and forth. I'm on it 2 hours at a time. I also have the gadget called an "Empi." It has little electrodes I hook up to my leg. It gives the muscle a shock, causing it to tighten up. It's like exersize without the exersize. I do that 4 times a day for 30 minutes each time. Throw in physical therapy 3 times a week and my recovery is going pretty well. I heard some more evidence of my group becoming a biblical community. Oh yeah, I'm stoked. oh yeah, if you click the pic it gets prettier.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Photo Friday

Chaos. I know this is the same pic I posted a few day ago, but this definatley fits the topic. Surgery went well, I'm just grouchy and in pain. Pray for my wife PLEASE!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Getting my affairs in order

I have knee surgery scheduled for 9:30 in the morning and I've been preparing for 2 or 3 weeks of immobility. I did yard work this morning since I couldn't see the collies in the back yard. All the paper work from church, couseling for the next 3 weeks and wedding plans (I'm officiating, already married myself), wednesday and sunday stuff covered, and Star Trek TNG all tevo'ed. I'm actually looking forward to the break. I say that now, I won't be to happy by lunch time tomorrow. I've been doing some inductive bible study on counting the cost of being a true disciple of Jesus. I hope to post more on that over the recovery time. Man, have we missed the boat.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Who Would Win

Who would win in a fight? Lindsay Lohan or Hillary Duff? Let's Get It On!!!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Thursday, August 18, 2005

introducing the next anorexic lipsync princess.... HILARY DUFF!! Oh yes, she'll follow in the footsteps of Lindsay Ho-han and Ashley Pimpson. I saw her on the Today show this morning. I was mesmorized by her talent and poise. uh, yeah, that's it. I give her 2 years and she'll be like brittany and christina. I REALLY HOPE she proves me wrong. So who's your favorite faker, uh i mean pop star?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Are we going the right way?

I don't think this is the way we were supposed to go down the falls. Oh yeah, I'm the old bald guy. My red hat floated away, but I felt like Indiana Jones when It floated over to the side 50 yards down the river. We eventually got everyone back in the boat. OK, one more thought. Comment spammers SUCK. Leave a name loser. (all spam comments are deleted)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Alexander the Queer

I watched Alexader Tonight. I thought it would NEVER END! Here's my review. One good fight scene, that's all. Very little history. Pushing a homosexual agenda. Pretty lame. My disdain for Colin Farrell has grown a hundred fold. Val Kilmer as King Phillip: he ain't Doc Holliday, but ok none the less. Nobody dies better. The cover advertises "Faster Pace..." I'd hate to the see the slower pace. The best part of this movie was the ending credits. On a scale from 1-10, I give it a 1.2.

Whatcha Listenin' to?

Got this from Rick. List ten songs that you are currently digging. It does not matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they are no good, but they must be songs you are really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other people to see what they are listening to. I'm an avid XM listener and I don't always remember what I'm listen to, but here goes. 10. Dave Matthews - Where are you going 9. Anything Cold Play 8. Anything Lighthouse 7. Jeremy Camp - Beautiful One 6. Jeremy Camp - My Heart Goes Out 5. Avril Lavigne - Nobody's Home 4. Anything except live Maroon 5 3. Jason Morant - Love Song 2. Stellar Kart - Livin on a prayer 1. Hootie - One Love I think I'll tag Rebecca, Cliff, Kirb, Cousin Eddie and Bert -

How did I do that?

I tend to be accident prone. The latest delimma includes a torn medial miniscus and a blown ACL in my right knee. How did I do that? Hmmmm, as always, with my kids from church. I was guiding a joint 7th and 12th grade white water rafting trip down the mighty Natahala River in the NC Mountains. I've guided before, a number of times. The main rapid of the river is the last one, a technical series of turns ending with a straight trip down the falls. No problem. Well, I didn't make the last turn. We hit a rock, 2 kids fell out. I tried to quickly pull one in but not the right way. I was leaning backwards of the with my right foot lodged between the thwart and bottom of the raft. I turned sideways and pulled as hard as I could. I got twisted and the weight of me, the student and the rushing water was too much for my knee stretched across the back of the boat. I heard and felt the "POP." It would have been the equivalent of someone clipping me on the inside of my knee. I couldn't pull up any more so I had to let the student go, I had to let go and we both went out of the boat. As I was floating underneath the boat, I gave it a hard push so at least it went straight down the falls. No one else fell out. I took the falls without the boat, missed the throw rope that was 2 feet away, and floated to the first takeout. Wow! I knew something was not right with my knee becasue it felt real wobbly. The Nantahal is a year road 42 - 45 degrees and I think that helped. I ruled out the ACL as a problem, sucked it up, spent the rest of the trip taking it east, Drove the bus back home, then went to the Urgent care center when I got home. Urgent care, there's a joke. I was pretty swollen. They took an Xray and made me wait an hour to tell me it was probably sprained. "Wrap it up, take some vicoden and if it still hurts in 2 weeks, come back." NO, It still hurts, something POPPED! That's not a sprain and I ain't waiting 2 weeks to find out something else is wrong. I asked the DR what the xray showed. She said it showed some swelling. DUH. I didnt need an xray to see it was swollen. I made an orthopedic appt for the next day. Waited a week for the MRI and another 3 days for the results. I'm sitting in Dr. Presnal's office and he pulles out the mri. Shows me the cartilage and says he can fix it. I'm thinking 2 weeks and back to normal. He then tells me about the ACL and refers me to another dr. Within the hour, my mission trip to Bangledesh and my whole ski weason is gone. OUCH. Surgery next week, 2-3 weeks on crutches, 6 months before I can do any sports. Sucks to be me, but I'll deal with it.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Photo Friday

Photo Friday: Violet OK, I know it's blue, but I'm colorbind. It looks the same to me. Deal.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Happy Stinkin' Birthday

Everybody sing with me. Happy Birthday to me, I blew out my knee. I have to have surgeree Happy stinkin' birthday to meeee. Yeah, it's official, I have a blown ACL and torn cartilage.Surgery is scheduled for August 24. 6 months until I'm back to full strength, I'll miss Bangledesh and Ski season. What a GREAT birthday present. If anyone wants to give me $ or a new IPod, It would make things A LOT Better.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Youth Minister Charged

A local youth minister has been charged with the rape of a 13 year old girl. It allegedly happened in 2002 in another city. The girl is now 17 and has just come forward. I'm bummed about this. His church has faced allegations with a deacon who was a youth worker some years ago. I know the news will run with this and the public will make their minds up, but here's the bottom line. It doesn't matter if he's guilty or innocent. His youth ministry career is most likely over. I'm going to be praying for him either way. This hits way to close to home.

Saturday, August 6, 2005

Chris Porter

Chris was a childhood friend who is suffering from terminal cancer. Join us in praying for a miracle.

Million Dollar Baby. YOU SUCK!

I'm watching Million Dollar Baby. This movie SUCKS! What happen to winning? This better get better. I already see it's not going to end the way I expected. Too much like life. I watch movies to get away from reality. I have to finish watching it because it has to get better. dang it! I just finished it. Oh, I know not! You've got to be kidding me. What is the point of this idiotic movie. You think this makes it better? Oh no. I'm ticked. I feel cheated. What happened to epic endings. I need to go watch Cinderella man or Rocky. All I know is that THIS SUCKS!!! Hey movie people, PLEASE DON'T MAKE THIS A TREND. Oscar my BIG FAT HARRY BUTT! YOU SUCK!

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Why do men have nipples?

I saw this on Today Show this morning and it answers some interesting questions. Why is yawning contagious? Why do beans give you gas. Why does sweat stink? Where does morning breath come from? If you're on a deserted Island, is it better to drink sea water or your own urine? OK, SICK! Interesting questions, and I haven't read the book, but I have some questions of my own and I wonder if they're addressed. 1. Why can you pee without pooing but you can't poo without peeing? 2. If 4 different colored shirts are laying out on the bed why does the cat pick the one you were going to wear next to shed all over? 3. Why do women who stress over thinking they're fat have to eat to cure the stress? and finally, 4. Why do old men fart while peeing in public bathrooms? Makes you go Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Best and Worst Actors of 2005

This came from one of my amazing students. THe Credit goes to Cliff. I laughed HARD. Enjoy.

Now presenting for the first time anywhere ... The Best and Worst actors and actresses of 2005 thus far ... on the 'worst scale' 5 is less worse and 1 is the worst of all. And on the 'best scale' 5 is the least best and 1 is the best of all.

Let's get started ... I'm kind of excited ... maybe not ...

The Best of 2005 ...

5. Scarlett Johansson (The Island)

She is ... wow ... Well done Scarlett ... Well done. I really want to give you the highest title because you're so ... wow ... but you haven't really acted in many movies that were actually good ... but a thousand cool points for being you.

4. Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

And no acting training at all ... and of course you're an even cooler pirate, so that earns you at least a thousand cool points ... you've recovered well from 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Blow' ...

3. Nicole Kidman (The Interpreter)

Awesome job in 'The Interpreter' ... it was good stuff ... all around great ... except 'Bewitched' almost lost you a spot in 'the best' and earned you a spot on 'the worst' ... but 'Cold Mountain' and 'Eyes Wide Shut' were amazing.

2. Will Smith (Hitch)

Funniest movie of the year ... by far ... (haven't seen 'wedding crashers' yet) Just take down a note to self ... stop rapping, I suck at it ... But you're still awesome because 'I Robot' was grand.

1. A tie between Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) and Ewan McGregor (Robots, Star Wars, and The Island)

Good job ... 3 hit movies thus far ... and of course you're Obi Wan ... so that's like a thousand cool points. Also ... grand job in 'Moulin Rouge' and of course 'Big Fish' ... but no cool points for those.

Dude ... you're like 10 and you're a major actress who plays roles opposite people like Denzel Washington, Robert DiNero and Tom Cruise... you rock my face off ... four thousand cool points for being so amazing ... also ... incredible freaking job in 'Hide and Seek' and 'Man on Fire' ... and of course talking like you're 30 in interviews.

And now ... the Worst of 05 thus far ... ( I love that word 'thus' ) It was definately more fun doing the worst of 05.

The Worst of 2005 ...

5. Will Ferrell

You're such a funny guy ... but 'Kicking and Screaming' and 'Bewitched' stick to straight slap-stick comedy ... like ... 'Anchorman' but not 'Old School' ... a thousand cool points for 'Anchorman' but a thousand lost for 'Old School' ... better luck later on.

4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Yeah adultery isn't cool ... and who runs around on Jennifer Aniston??? ... and if you want people to go to your movies don't pull crap like this ... just be yourselves ... act ... if you act, they will come ... Brad you were great in 'Legends of the Fall' and of course 'Oceans 11' ... Angelina ... what can I say ... you were never good at anything except incest.

3. Tom Cruise

No such thing as 'chemical imbalances' ... you're a moron ... I thought you were great ... 'Top Gun' ... 'Jerry Maguire' ... 'Samurai' ... and then scientology crap totally took over ... get a pen and paper ... note to self ... never yell at Matt Laur, he's smarter than me ... good luck Katie, marrying that psycho-billy ninja is going to be a crazy ride.

2. Hayden Christensen

Episode 3 was definately an improvement for you from Episode 2 ... but man ... awful ... 'Life as a House' great job ... 'Shattered Glass' not so much ... maybe you have the Star Wars curse ... but hey ... still a thousand cool points for being Darth Vader.

1. Jude Law

Come on! ... You had 3 chances ... and bombed all three ... That makes you the worst actor of 2005 ... listen ... take some time off ... read some scripts ... and then make an informed decision ... because you were great in 'Cold Mountain' and of course 'Enemy at the Gates' ... note to self ... stop fooling around with the nanny ... you lose a thousand cool points.

And now I have to put in one last horrible actor ... because let's face it ... it's easier to bash them than encourage them ...

The Worst Actor of ALL TIME is ...

Keanu Reeves

'Constantine'? ... are you serious? ... and of course you just annoy me ... so that earns you the title of 'Worst Actor of ALL TIME' ... congratulations ... stop acting ... Also: 'The Matrix' wasn't even that good.

ok guys ... I've given you my opinion on the best and worst actors of 2005 thus far ... give some feedback ... especially if you disagree ... because I could be horribly wrong and not realize it until you say something ...