SPACE!!!!!

100_1220Due to popular request of my own, I have posted the lyrics to Spicey Boot's hit single, SPACE!  Recorded (and written) live in Seattle, WA, this piece of musical genius is a lifechanging work of art.  Feel free to listen here or at Spicey Boot's MySpace page! SPACE!!! Space! Space! Spaaace! We gotta go to space! We gotta go to space! Gotta gotta gotta gotta gotta go to space! Yearahh... (i have no idea)... Yearahh... (i have no idea what i'm saying here) Yeeeahhhh! We're gonna fly away into the sky. (something about cars..?) Spaaaace! Gotta go to space!  We're gonna go to space! Space is where we'll live! Space is where we'll live! Space, space, gotta go to space! Gotta get my face, 100_1163into space! Space is where we'll live on day! We'll meeeet! We'll meet all the aliens in space.  We'll meet all the aliens in space.  We'll meet them all, we'll meet them all, we'll be friends with all the aliens in the... Space! We gotta go to space! Gotta got to space! Space, whoooooa! We'll take a rocketship, all the way!  We'll take a rocketship, out today! We gotta go to space! N! A! S A will get us to space! Ohhhh... they're building technology.  Ohhh... they're building technology. They're building a space rocket to take us to Saturn, we're gonna go all the way, all the way to Mars - we'll even go, down to Pluto! We'll even go down to Pluto! Space! Gotta go to space! Gotta go to space! WHOOOOAAA! WHOOAA!! (i have no idea...) beautiful is space, beautiful is space... beautiful is space. In the deep of space (i think?  who knows...).  We'll live in space, with the aliens.  There will be peace in space between the humans and the aliens.  But we will be confused because to them, we will be the aliens. We will not be the humans but we will be the aliens to the aliens. And the aliens will greet us. Space! Gotta go to space! Gotta go to space! Space, space, all the way! It's a race, it's a race to space! Gotta go to space! Space, space, all the way! Take some friends to space! Space! Space! Space! Space!
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Seattle Vacation Super-Post

So for vacation this year, Ashley and I went out to try on Seattle.  We liked. The trip was, simply put, stellar and jam-packed goodness.  The only bad part was that we had no internet access the whole time to be able to blog from.  So, in vainity, here goes my recap! Microsoft, John Porcaro, and the Gamerscore Blog Team Since we were heading out to Seattle, we managed to match up schedules and meet with John Porcaro and the GamerScoreBlog team.  I've been reading John's blog for years (since before the 360 launch, I think), so it was nice to finally meet him for real. John has been with Microsoft for nearly twenty years and one of the first people to be a part of their mentoring program.  It shows as John was able to sift through my issues and answered a nagging internal question with perhaps the simplest of answers: "so what?"  It was well time and hit the issue right on it's head. During the trip we took a pit stop and got to play with the new Microsoft Surface table computer. After visiting the new research building we parted ways, but not before I was able to convince him to give the class thumbs-up pose: Seattle Vacation 2008 007  A Weekend to Remember The bulk of the weekend was spent attending the Weekend to Remember event put on by FamilyLife.  Here we can see Ashley unlocking the secrets of marriage. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC4RlyFqaFM&hl=en&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999&border=1] All-in-all the conference was decent, but was skewed more towards sorting out troubles and issues than growing in a healthy relationship.  One of the best parts of the weekend is that it presents you with ideas that you're then prompted to discuss with your spouse.  This allows you to have conversations you might not otherwise have, or be comfortable bringing up.  Ashley and I had some great conversation over the weekend, and the conference was worth it just for that. The Space Needle Ashely was all kinds of excited to visit the Space Needle.  Lacking proper transportation, however, we got there really early and ended up just walking around the Seattle Center.  It was there that we stumbled onto the World Rhythm Festival and got to hear Raquy and the Cavemen. We ended up eating at Sky City in the Space Needle.  The rotating restaurant is powered by 1.5HP, or the equivalent of a sewing machine.  It moves you this fast.  And, just to be sure we put things into perspective, the Space Needle is tall. Seattle Vacation 2008 048   The First Starbucks During the trip to downtown Seattle with Kris and Laura, we got to visit the first ever Starbucks. The Experience Music Project We also got to visit the Experience Music Project; basically, and interactive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Seattle artists (it also had the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame, which was cool... and random). At first, I thought I had found my calling on the drums but, alas, the drums were a lie. But then, like a muse calling from the darkness, we found the studio. And we recorded. Oh, did we record. Leonard Sweet We also got to meet up with one of my occasional-mentors-who-don't-fully-realize-the-impact-they've-had-on-my-life, Leonard Sweet. I first me Len back in 2001 or so, but this was the first time Ashley got to hang with him. The two definately hit it off, and were ganging up on me on more than one subject Seattle Vacation 2008 079 Portland and Multnomah Falls Finally, Kris and Laura drove us to Portland/Vancouver to view their hometown, a big Best Buy, a two-story Target, an Ikea, and Multnomah Falls. And, I got to steer a building. Seattle Vacation 2008 093 There's More But it's late, I'm tired, and Leonard Sweet told me blogging was vain anyways. So for more media from our trip: Flickr Photos YouTube Videos and the musical wonder that is, The Spicey Boot.
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Wisdom of My Wife: Works-Based Sin

In case you didn't know, my wife is brilliant. One of the things that so greatly attracts my soul to hers is the depth at which she processes and digests things of the spiritual.  One of the great beauties of her wisdom is that for all the deconstruction of ideas and traditions that are going on in the church today, she is always seeking to reconstruct a better understanding. I keep links to her blog on my sidebar, but I wanted to point out a post she just completed that I think is well worth anyone's time to read.  Over the past few years, Ashley and I have been working through what "sin" means.  A while back we had a conversation around the concept of works-based sin.  Tonight she posted a great little reconstruction of what sin might mean for us.  I encourage you to check it out and join the reconstruction process on her blog.
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i don't deserve this

you you danced in her hair. playing with her, a mysterious two-step bob as it swayed in the wind. you shone down on it, shimmering, my eye catching her beauty. you danced there, waiting to be seen. and you you shone in her eyes. you gazed out into the world staring me down, challenging me that she was the one. you dialated the pupils to her soul so i could look beyond the flesh and look right in her body and see you. you shone there, waiting to be seen. i don't deserve this where did i go so right? i don't deserve this to hold her here tonight i don't deserve this it was you. you spoke in her breath. whispering inaudible whispers. (i know you come in whispers). wooing me with sweet nothings like lines from some shakespearian tragedy. your notes sprang forth from her lips, hung in the air, then rested in my skull, resonating the sound of beauty. you spoke there, waiting for me hear. i dont deserve this where did i go so right? i don't deserve this to hold her here tonight i don't deserve this you made the sun and the sky and the ground bow down and fade all away. she was the only face i saw the only voice i heard the only thing i knew that day. she spoke your truth, your love, i changed that day and you, you planned it all that way. you made the sun and the sky and ground fade away she was the only one i saw that day. where did i go so right? i'm holding her tonight where did i go so right? so right so right so right..?
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dog days

so, for our Valentine's gifts to each other, Ash and I got dogs from the humane society. and they are a handful. two 1-year old dogs, both a bundle of energy and jealous for attention in an unbelievable way. when i come home you think that to them, it's the second coming of Christ. they literally got into a fight, biting each other (not playfully) to see who could jump up at me for my affections. there is no easier self-esteem booster than getting a dog that likes you. so far they already ran away once by digging under the fence, so I'll need to fix that up. until then they hang out in the garage during the day and in my room when I'm home. they found happy real interesting at first, but not pretty much ignore her. i'm proud of my bunny - she stood her ground and sniffed them just as much as they sniffed her. the cat is slowly getting used to them, after having molly sniff his (clark the cat's) butt and ... em... licking it. Bradshaw is an aussie cattle dog. This means he likes to nip at heels if people don't stay in line and is one of the most loyal breeds of dogs you can get. As well as most active - they're bred to run over 20 miles a day. He likes killing stuffed animals like his ducky and the Hulk (go here to see the fight: homepage.mac.com/alinne) and he likes peeing only where Molly has peed before. Molly is a princess of the terrier breed. She's a mix; Ash thinks she has a lot of Norfolk in her (i think) whereas I think she's more Cairn. She likes just sitting the peacefully until you give her attention. Then she'll just sit there and look at you full of contentment. I'm not too sure she likes Bradshaw as he's a little less mature than her - I think she uses him for protection. The dogs were strays together, then raised together for a little while before given to the Humane Society. As such, we were able to get both for the price of one... they're a random pair of dogs, but seem to get along ok. Molly couldn't care less where Bradshaw is, but if Molly leaves Bradshaw's leash area, his world stops. Sigh - I guess he really loves her underbite. Ashley's been great with the dogs as these are first dogs she's gotten to take care of. She get showered with affection like I do, so I'm glad to see they realize that even though they see more of me, she's their master too. Anyone who wants to swing by and meet these two crazy kids come one by - just let us know when!
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to move

to move or not to move. is that the question? when offered a job making $12,000 more + benefits than you currently have... but requiring you to leave the only church you really wanted to call home... and sweet Ashley. Had this come a month and a half earlier, it would have been perfect... because the job is in New Mexico. But she's here now. And actually likes it here. Is it fair to ask her to pack up and move... again? Needless to say... please pray. One big decision... with lots of ripple effects.
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