I am SO stoked that the Descendents have a new 4 song EP coming out and then a full length. You can check out an e-card for the EP by going here. And you can check out an MP3 for “Nothing With You” here. I have always loved Milo’s voice. It seems like the perfect punk voice to me. I read about this crazy LED watch from Japan in the new issue of Wired magazine. You have to check this out. Cool huh? I don’t know how practical it is for telling time. But it sure is fun to look at. In the news… Evidently we are close to catching Osama Bin Laden. And Castro is claiming that Bush is plotting to kill him. Am I the only one who is shocked that Fidel is still alive? If you’d like some fun weird news from your local area then check out Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird : Weird Map”. It appears that as soon as next week I will be keeping watch over some amusement piers. It will be good to be working again. Well, it’s quickly approaching 4am so I guess I should get to bed. I’ll leave you with this interesting news story. If you don’t have enough to entertain yourself for a while now I don’t know what to tell you except read a book!
Well, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. But I FINALLY got a call from my prospective employer today. It was from a 3rd guy I have never talked to before. It seems that the first guy I interviewed with is moving away to a different city. This new guy said I am the #1 candidate for the position and he wants to meet with me on Monday to “finalize” everything and that “barring any extraordinary suprises” that I pretty much have the job. Unbelievable! So stay tuned Monday but it seems like I do have the job. Thank you everybody for your support, encouragement, prayers and kind e-mails during this crazy month of waiting. Praise the Lord.
And from the “They’re Still Out There Ripping People Off And Bringing Shame To The Gospel” department comes this from last month…”Televangelist Joyce Meyer has risen from the pack of TV ministers (and from the ordinariness of her pre-preaching life) by her uninhibited pursuit of donations ($95 million in 2003), according to a December St. Louis Post-Dispatch profile. “Make your checks payable to Joyce Meyer Ministries,” she shouted, “and ‘million’ is spelled m-i-l-l-i-o-n.” Of once receiving $1 million in stocks from a worshipper, she said, “I didn’t have that (gift) for five minutes and I said, ‘OK, God, next I’ll take $5 million.” “Fear,” she reminds her parishioners, as in their fear of making sacrifices in order to have more money to give her, “is the work of the devil.” [Tampa Tribune-St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12-12-03] You can find out more about Joyce here.
Hey Kids…it’s Thursday…and that’s right…still no word about the job. I don’t know if I even care anymore it’s taking so long. At least I have this mug shot of James Brown to pick up my spirits and maybe yours too! In the big picture things could be much much worse. I could have been walking by when this happened. Yikes. Sorry to all you smokers out there. As an ex-smoker and now (gasp, I know) an outspoken anti-smoker I just LOVE this website and their TV and print ad campaigns. Check out the new one for “replacement smokers”.
It’s freezing here. Ronee and I were supposed to come back down yesterday. We started heading down and the crazy snow storm hit. It took us over an hour to go 30 miles before we decided to head back. The roads were clear today though. I really love the snow. You won’t hear me complain. But my apartment had no heat on for 5 days and it’s a meat locker in here. ha Even my olive oil is frozen. The water in my Brita pitcher is frozen. It’s hard to type. I worked out and you could see my breath in the air! Ronee’s Mom, Susan, came down with us. It’s her house. She needed to get out of town for a few days. I don’t blame her. The sidewalks are covered with ice. We’re going to have to get some salt tomorrow so nobody kills themself walking around the corner. I read a lot more in “Microserfs” today. That is a really excellent book. I spoke with one of the guys at my prospective future employer yesterday. Supposedly they are going to let me know this week for sure. I’ve heard that one before. I have a peace about everything right now. I’m just focusing on God and waiting on an answer from Him. I’m ready to embrace whatever the future holds.
I know that what God wants is for me to trust Him. I’ve started reading the Bible again. I just finished Mark (I’m beginning with the New Testament). I am supposedly going to hear about the amusement park job this week. I have been up in Lyndhurst for the weekend with Ronee and her family. Ronee just got a job working at a pre-school up here part time. Not bad for being graduated for only a few months. It’s been a good time of spiritual renewal and wrestling. For the first time in my life that I can remember I have actually been frustrated and “mad” at God. Of course I don’t feel very justified in my anger. His timing is His own. And his plans are better, to be sure, than my plans. But the waiting is hard. I am used to always moving in a direction. I know this is why I need to learn to be patient and to wait and to trust God for the perfect solution. We went to see Slow Coming Day and some others play at the Starland Ballroom. SCD dedicated a song to me in a really nice way. That was cool of them. It was fun hanging out. I’m enjoying just being a fan of music again. It’s nice. Well, I guess that’s about it. We’re heading back down the shore tomorrow. It’s snowing. Should be nice and dangerous. ha
It’s snowing. It looks like diamonds. Just beautiful. About an inch or so covering everything. I love the snow. I love winter weather. And in this moment I feel that no matter what happens…everything will be ok.