Today marks anyone being 4 years older than on last leap day. No big revelation there, but I was thinking today about birthdays, special days and thought: “Hmm…people always ask if you feel any older on your birthday or anniversary. Most people reply, ‘No.’ and then everyone usually laughs or smiles, because you don’t usually feel any older.
But, I think a neat thing to do is think back through that period of time – whether it be a month, year or 4 years – and think about all the areas of your life that you’ve grown and matured in, or ways in which God has blessed you throughout.

Now, I honestly can’t remember what I was doing on this day 4 years ago. But days and events are reminders and place-markers in our lives. Sometimes it seems like time keeps on moving faster faster, and it’s easy to grumble about it, or forget to stop and give thanks to God. It’s amazing how much can occur in your life in a day or week, much less in a year or 4 years. Reflecting on things that have happened during a period of time, and definitely giving a prayer of thanks for everything God has done in your life, is certainly a good start. This is not only a good practice with birthdays and other special days, but every day.

(By the way, my birthday is not on leap day, it’s late in March, just to clarify things)

So enjoy the last hour and ten minutes of leap day in 2012, reflect and give thanks to God who rules over all.

And…enjoy this song called ‘The Gambler’, by the band ‘fun.’ . I like it a lot.

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Sunday night I was laying in bed contemplating lots of things and eventually trying to sleep when I had a burst of writing inspiration. This is what resulted from that:

A Night in Early November 

In my bed by an open window.
A nice cool breeze blowing across my face,
No doubt the outdrafts of the storm to the North.
With the sound of wind-chimes and… what’s that?
A freight train blowing its horn off in the distance.
The moon is bright and clear. Enough so that I
Can see across the yard and view the shadow
Patterns the leaves in the trees are making
On the ground.

Now, I hear the light rumble of thunder, and
See a flash of lightning in the sky from the storm.
The sound of geese honking in flight comes to
My ears, and I’m praying that – soon will be the
Drip-drop and pitter-patter of rain.
This is what comes to my senses, laying on my
Bed, on a Sunday night in early November.

 

I have another much overdue post coming up soon…

A friend of mine posted this song on their Facebook a while back and I really liked it. I’ve been listening to it lately.

So, for July 4th every year for the past several years (except 2008), my Dad, brother Tim and I run sound at 2 reviewing stands along the route of the Arlington 4th of July parade. I’ve helped out with it for 7+ years now, and the last 3 years, I’ve done one reviewing stand by myself. So with that in mind, this year was very similar to last year. We had decided to go a day early with the van loaded with the sound gear we would need, and spend the night close-by the parade route in Arlington. This would be much better because our house is over 1 hour away from Arlington and since they start closing the streets of at 7:00 am, we would need to have all of our gear for each stand dropped off by then.

Dad, Tim and I also had to help the church that meets before ours with some sound issues. Sunday morning we loaded all of the gear in the van that we would need to help the church, and for each reviewing stand for the parade. We left early so that we would have time to set-up before there service started, Mom and the rest of the family would follow later in the car for our church service.

We got to church and set-up all the gear that they needed. As soon as their service was over, we tore down all the gear and set-up for our church’s service. After that, we loaded back into the van the things we would need for the parade the next day. It was decided that us guys would go eat lunch and see a movie since it was only 3:00 pm and we didn’t need to be in Arlington until after supper. Mom and the rest of the family had just left church when my Dad’s cell phone rang. They had a low/almost flat tire on the car that Mom was driving. So, they came back to the church parking lot. Dad, Tim and I changed into some different clothes for the rest of the day and took a look at the tire. Mr. White (a man from our congregation) had not left yet, and he had some Fix-A-Flat in his car. He added it to the tire, but it was still not completely full and it was hissing air out quickly. Dad decided to take the car to Sam’s Club to see if they could fix it. It turns out that it was a side-wall crack probably due to them being old/dry tires (it was my grandparents’ car that they do not drive very often) So they put the donut spare tire on, and Mom and the rest of family went to my grandparents’ house to drop it off and have my grandfather drop them off at home.

Following all of that, Dad, Tim and I went just down the way to the mall. Dad dropped Tim and me at the entrance to the theater (or cinema as they say in Europe 😀 ) to see what was showing and the times. They had Super 8, and the showing was in 40 minutes. I called Dad, told him, and he said that he would park the van and meet us closer to the food court. Tim and I started walking to the other end of the mall met Dad on the way. We headed up the escalator and to the food court. Each of us got something different and as soon as we finished eating, walked back through the mall to the theater. Having a meal at the food court reminded me of the time that I went to lunch with all my friends at the mall in Monroe during the Pastor’s conference. Good times… 🙂

Anyway, so we got our tickets to Super 8 (all matinee pricing too) and found seats in the theater just a few minutes before the time of the showing. They then proceeded to show a few short commercials (one of them had Rhett and Link in it) and then 15 minutes of previews. O.o
I was very interested to see Super 8 partly because I have several friends who personally know and are good friends with the actor who plays a main character in it, Joel Courtney who plays Joe Lamb in the movie. But also being interested in film myself, it intrigued me that the kids in the movie are making a film to be entered to a local film festival. The movie was very well filmed and acted, with a good parallel plot to the main one. It’s directed by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and many others. It has a score by Michael Giacchino, who also did the music for the new Star Trek, Pixar’s: Incredibles, Ratatouille, UP and Cars 2, as well as several of the Medal of Honor game soundtracks.
I won’t give any of the story or conclusion away because if you haven’t seen it, I would recommend that you do see it, even if you wait until it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray. You can check out the trailers, clips, and synopsis here at IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650062/.

The 4th of July parade went well this year, we got everything dropped off and got breakfast before they closed the streets. During the parade, the commentators mentioned something about a tour of Cowboys stadium that day, so after the parade, we went to Steak and Shake for lunch, and then went just down the street to Cowboys stadium. We got tickets for a self-guided tour and went on in. It was amazing. The video screen over the field is 160 feet wide and 72 feet tall. Anyway, to sum up: I rode an elevator with Babe Laufenberg, saw Drew Pearson, ran from the 50 yd line into the end-zone, saw the players locker room, and got a picture with Rowdy!

Braden-Rowdy-Tim
Me, Rowdy, and Tim.

Well I think this post is sufficiently long, so I will leave it at that. 🙂

As I mentioned in a previous post, here are some photos from the engagement photo shoot I did with Kieran & Richard. For those of you who have seen the Engagement photo album on Facebook, these are just a few of those I selected. But for everyone else, enjoy!

 

A few weeks ago, I purchased a new battery to replace the one in my MP3 player. By the way, I do not have an iPod, mainly because they were too expensive when I bought an MP3 player several years ago, but also I don’t like iTunes. 🙂 So, I have a Toshiba Gigabeat S30. Yeah it’s a little old, but it works like I want it to, and I can use Windows Media player with it. I have taken apart an iPod touch before, and they are a pain. 😛

The battery has been holding less and less of a charge in the past 6 months, almost so little charge that I can’t even listen to it for 45 minutes before I have to charge it again.

A few days ago, a package arrived in the mail from Singapore, and it was the new battery. This afternoon after we unloaded a delivery of 42 cases, I had the time to disassemble my S30 and replace the battery. I took a series of pictures to show what it looked like when disassembled.

Since I’m on the subject of MP3 players, I discovered a band a while back that has a really neat retro-ish (Reminiscent of the Beatles) sound. There called The Young Veins. They were started by Ryan Ross and Jon Walker after they left Panic! At the Disco. Ryan Ross before he left, wrote my favorite Panic! At the Disco song, “Northern Downpour”, which also has a retro sound to it. Definitely different than most Panic! stuff.  The Young Veins’  first single titled “Change” is really cool.

Here’s the music video for it:


You can download the whole song for free here at Amazon Mp3: http://www.amazon.com/Change/dp/B003O6MFNM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308950576&sr=8-1

After I listened to it a bunch of times on Youtube, I went to Amazon to buy it, but it was free! 🙂

Here are the pictures of S30 being disassembled:


After replacing the battery, I plugged it in to fully charge it, and I’m listening to it now! I’ve been listening for a while, and the battery meter hasn’t even gone down a little bit. 😀

Any bands or music that you really like or have been listening to lately? Comment and let me know, I’m always interested in finding new (good) music.

Well, yet again have I left my blog for something, to rot I guess. Anyway, so much has happened since my last entry that it would take me forever to write it and forever for y’all to read it. So, I’m not going to do that.

First off, I updated the look of my blog. (Notice the background picture and header picture.) I took both of those photos at the Fort Worth Water Garden.

I haven’t posted on here since I was 17! Haha. I turned 18 back in March. It was interesting, because the day before my birthday, I finished up all the requirements for Eagle Scout except for the Board of Review (which can be done after you turn 18). Then, the day after my birthday, my Dad took me to the post office to pick up a Selective Service registration card and a Voter registration card. So, I can vote now, and be drafted.

The Court of Honor is this Sunday, here is a picture of the Eagle Scout medal, and the badge:

These are the events that I have experienced since the beginning of the year: New Year’s dance, Went on an amazing scout trip to Houston, Visited the Coast Guard facility, stayed overnight on the Battleship Texas, and went to the Space center,  had an awesome time with friends at the AAPC Pastor’s conference, Bought a new bike, Went to the stock show, Planned and completed my Eagle Project, did a 50 mile bike ride, we got 50 new chicks, Played drums for an extended period of time, Great church picnic, Completed my Board of Review for Eagle scout rank, my first ever live baseball game, attended an excellent Mens conference, and my sister got engaged to be married! And it’s only June! 🙂
Anyway, I took engagement photos for my sister and her Fiancé. I will probably post a few of those on here soon.

Recently I got the 30 day trial of Adobe Production Premium CS5.5. It includes many programs, but the ones I was most interested in were Photoshop, Audition, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. So far, Photoshop Cs5.5 and Audition Cs5.5 are amazing. I have older versions of both of them, but wow, I could get used to these! I also found out that I don’t know the first thing about Premiere Pro, or After Effects. I can even get around in them. Oh well, I’m sure that if I spent the time to learn them, I would be very quick to pick up the skills I need. Maybe I can learn over the summer.

Speaking of…what are you doing this summer?

I am trying to be more faithful about keeping this blog updated, so you can expect to see more from me in the near future.

Okay, so I left my blog post-less for way too long…
I’m currently working on a much overdue post about: well lots of things. 😀
But, The Knitting Goddess posted a picture a few days, and I just did an edit of it.

I think it looks pretty good, but then I didn’t take the picture, so I don’t know what it really looked like. =)

Here’s the original:

And here’s my edit of it:

Let me know what you think. Working in Photoshop is fun, and I still have a lot to learn.

Anyway, so that’s my quick post. More coming soon…