Monday, November 24, 2008

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Today I was slightly bored, so I decided to go to the mall just check some stuff out. I was hoping for a t-shirt, or perhaps a Converge album. Unfortunately I found neither, that I could afford, or didn't have already. On the way home I stopped at my local record store, Pops. Bummer again, the only Converge album they had was 15 bones, and I am poor. So I was rummaging through the used section, and found Glasseater - "Everything is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down" for 7 bucks. I picked it up, and as soon as I got in my car stuck it into my CD player. I very quickly discovered that I mistook Glasseater for Glassjaw. Bummer City. Anyways, Glasseater is not my favorite band in the world, they are a bit emo rock for me. Glassjaw however is rad sauce. Anyways, check out Pops. They are a rad little store, kinda struggling right now, so if you live in Riverside check 'em out. They are on Magnolia right next Van Buren, right across from Olivia's.
-Chris

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Javallujah!


Interesting idea. Can be so true of the American Church. I got this from Mike Lovato's blog.
-Chris

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Water...


Find out more here.
Even if you don't have the same faith as me don't you think this is a worthwhile cause? Less that 1/4 of what we spend on ourselves every year, could save millions of lives.
-Chris

Friday, November 14, 2008

Video

As many of you know, I went to the midnight release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King on Wednesday. Before I left for Gamestop I imagined that there would be 20-30 people and it would be laid back and just a good time. It was still a good time, but when we (My roommate, a friend of his, and me) arrived, the line was over 100 people long. When I got all the way through the line, it was just as long as it had been when I got in it, if not longer. I had a video to show you, but while I was passing by, someone uttered some curse words fairly loudly. I thought it would be inappropriate for me to show a video of someone yelling the f-word. Anyways, I just thought it was amazing that probably 300 people showed up to one video game store, just to buy a game. Ridiculous.
-Chris

The Catacombs

Anyone familiar with CBU lore is aware that a mental-health institution used to be on the grounds before it was a university. Let me make clear that this is all hear-say, I have no idea how much is actually true except for the fact that there are catacombs. During that time the said institution built underground catacombs under the campus so that they could transfer patients from one building to another with less risk of them escaping. It is a CBU student ideal to get into the catacombs. There are several entrances to these catacombs. Unfortunately the CBU staff is aware of this, and have made it very difficult for us (putting cameras over the entrances, locking doors, threatening signs over entrances), and probably with good reason. But all the same it just makes us want it more. Very very very few will ever see them, much less get in. Today, I saw. I even took a picture to share with you all. For some mesmerizing reason, the one entrance that everyone knows about (the basement of the James Building) was standing wide open. As much of me wanted to just run inside, and go exploring, I figured if the door is open, then there is someone in there. So instead I found it enough to take a picture to share with you all.
I know it is a terrible picture, but all I had was my cell phone. Those who have wondered what was beyond that door, here you go.
-Chris

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WOTLK

So tonight I am going to my local Gamestop and picking up World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. It comes out at midnight tonight. Does that make me a nerd? Absolutely. Do I even care? Not at all. I enjoy the game. So I have a late night tonight.
-Chris

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Broken..

I broke 1000 hits today. Yippee skippee.
-Chris

CD Review #2: Shiny Toy Guns - "Season of Poison"


It has been a while since I have done one of these. If you recall my first review was of The Sounds of Animals Fighting, now on to Shiny Toy Guns (STG). If you don't know these guys they are a synthy, popy, rocky, type music that reminds me of The Bravery with a darker tinge. Also they have a female lead singer which is nice to see. I enjoy a good girl singer. The male vocals are great as well, and the singer sounds like someone to me, but I cannot put my finger on it. I have gone through my entire iTunes library, looked it up on Wikipedia, Googled it, but cannot figure out who he sounds like. If you figure it out lemme know cause its driving me up the wall. The greatest thing about this CD is that it flows seamlessly. Another great example of a good flowing album is Showbread's "No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical". That is something that makes happy is when songs transition smoothly rather than just being the end of a song, and the beginning of another (Sometimes that is the best transition, but it certainly is not the best EVERY time.)
I bought this CD a few days ago hoping for what exactly I got (mostly). STG have put out a quality record. Not every song on there is a keeper but they have some genuinely good songs that are really catchy. The album kicks of with the upbeat "When Did This Storm Begin" this is a great song save for the fact that the female singer attempts to rap/yell and it doesn't turn out so awesome. (Also the f-bomb gets dropped once, but it is the only curse word I have heard on the album). They then go into "Money For That" which is an awesome song that has been stuck in my head since I bought the album. The next song is "I Owe You A Love Song" which is a great little love diddy. After that is the dreadful "Ghost Town". It is a great sing along song, but it has little musical value to me. I see this song being extremely popular with high school/junior high girls. After this song is my favorite song "It Became A Lie On You" it a great slow song. It has dark piano, guitar, and synth lines. It has great dynamics and I am excited every time this song comes up on my iTunes or on my radio in the car. The next song is the single off the album "Ricochet!". It somewhat reminds me of The Faint or a not-quite-so dreary NIN song. Super digital, and sure to be a hit. The rest of the album is great, but I don't want to ruin it all for you. If your interest has been piqued by this quasai-review go give it a listen.
I give it four Half Used Q-tips out of five.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Putting Words In My Mouth

Isn't amazing that someone voices their opinion, but they are then called bigoted, racist, idiots. They cast judgment upon people for "casting judgment". It is amazing to me how people are so divisive over opinions. I firmly and totally believe and know that no matter what happens the world is in the will of God. Romans 12 speaks as to how the Father has pre-ordained every leader of the world. This is includes Senator/President-elect Obama. Do I agree with everything that Senator/President-elect Obama is going to do? NO! Do I still think that Christ is in control? ABSOLUTELY!
In all honesty, I am so very tired of being called a bigot. I love people. I genuinely believe that God has a purpose for every human being. I am tired of being called an idiot because I have a different opinion. I am tired of being stupid because I am against abortion. I am tired of being hounded because of my beliefs. At the same time, what does the Bible say? "Do not be surprised if the world hates you?"
Lord, help me to be patient through people hating me because I believe what you say.
Please, readers, do not hate me for my beliefs. I will not hate you for yours. I might think you are wrong. But unless we have a fairly good relationship I will not even tell you that I disagree unless you ask me. God Bless.
-Chris

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I am fighting tears because of this...


God Be With Us.
Pray for our nation folks.
-Chris

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Scene

I have really been into this new scene of music lately. It kinda has a punkish feel, but has some thrash roots, and has some old school hardcore in it. Bands like Blues, Civilian, The Jonbenét, Touche Amore. Just some great stuff that has some great rock influences, but it is just a great scene. Everyone knows the words, and just has a good time at the shows, there is no dancing, or huge fights, or egos. You can go to shows, just have a good time without worrying about making some jerk mad at you and getting punched in the face. Went to a show on Friday and just had a awesome time rockin out singin along to Polar Bear Club. So much fun... You into hardcore, but sick of the scene give one these guys a listen for sure.
-Chris

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Coulda Shoulda Woulda....

I should have prefaced my last blog with the statement that I am just trying to follow the Bible. And according to 1 Timothy 2 women should not be preachers. I totally think that women are capable at everything men are able to do, but Paul just said they aren't allowed to preach. I shoulda prefaced my last blog with that sorry folks... Another controversial one to come soon. Promise it'll be good.
-Chris

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hope or no?

I have spent some time today reading up on the two presidential candidates (all following info is from their own websites), because honestly I didn't know a whole lot about either of them. I learned some interesting things about both, that I did not before.
Obama seems to have some good things to say about reform of government and the IRS. I also highly agree with his immigration reform plan. Something that worries me though is the $50 billion he promises to stimulate the economy. He wants to lower taxes for the every day person, but raise taxes for people and companies who are wealthier. I am unsure of where he plans to get this $50 billion. I do not think that raising taxes for the wealthy will equal that which was lost in the lowering of taxes for lower class. (I should preface this entire blog with the statement that I do not necessarily oppose raising taxes, depending on what they are going to be used for.) Secondly, he is highly pro-choice, and he is for stem cell research. Thirdly, he is for equal opportunity employment no matter sexual orientation/gender. This frightens me for churches. Do I believe that these people can be in the church? Absolutely. Women I really think can be anything but head pastors. I also believe that someone can struggle with homosexuality and be a christian. I believe God holds all sin to be equal. Homosexuality is sin in my opinion, but this does not mean that we should treat them like lepers. We need to treat them like everyone else that has a habitual problem with sin. We must confront them, bring more people to confront them, and then bring it before the church if they are unrepentant. It is always striking to me that we allow former drug-addicts, wife beaters, fornicators into the church with open arms, but we do NOTHING to reconcile men and women who struggle with homosexuality. All of this to say, that a homosexual (Who doesn't even necessarily want to be a pastor, but just wants to cause problems) gets turned away from a job interview because the church believes this person to be living in sin and is unfit to lead the church, will decide to sue. I fear for this. Homosexuals will not see that a church would not hire a person that was living in any other sin either, they will just be angry and look for monetary reconciliation.
McCain I did not do as much reading about, but did do some. I also like his immigration reform plan, as well as some of his ideas for energy reform. I am not the hugest fan of his views on the 2nd Amendment. I am not for gun control in the sense of no one should have guns, but I do not like the idea that someone can get a hold of a gun that could take down a helicopter. It is just not necessary. I don't care how big of an animal you are hunting, you don't need Barret .50cal Rifle. You just don't.
All of this to say.... I STILL have no idea who I am going to vote for....
-Chris

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Transperency Is Liberating

So lately I have been seeing myself for who I truly am. I see myself as slothful, boring, I take advantage of situations/people. And this through all of this I seemed to have a epiphany. Earlier in this week in class we were going over the verses in James that say that not many ought be teachers because they are held to a higher account, and I thought "How is this reflecting in my life? How am I trying to be different than the every day schmo that follows Christ?" I came to the answer that I was not doing a whole lot more than just the fact that I was teaching. Granted, every person should try to follow Christ to the fullest extent of the commands of him, but according to James, leaders are almost going to be judged twice. Wow. This scared the crap out of me. I realized that I truly truly truly need to make more of an effort in every aspect of my life. For example, I have a roommate that I have not been getting along with. In fact today was the first time we had spoken in a month. How would I react if one of my students said that to me? (Granted middle schoolers don't have roommates they have families, but still) Anyways, today was the first time in a month that myself and said roommate talked. And the words were not pleasant.... at first. After which he stormed out of the apartment, and I realized how idiotic we were both being, and how it was making the entire household uncomfortable. At that point, I just prayed "God show me how to make peace with this guy?" And he did and I did it, and after that he gave a little, to make peace as well. We were able to have a decent conversation, and shake hands afterward. So I see now, that God will work things out in life, even the small, but you have to be willing to stretch yourself, and be willing to admit that you are wrong to be able to grow.
-Chris

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sorry for not updating recently...

I have not updated in a while. Figure something should come out of this thing.
Recently I have been horribly addicted to eBay. Everything I have really needed (and haven't needed immediately) I have been buying on there. Clothes, electronics, CD's anything and everything. The only problem is that I am constantly checking my mail box several times a day hoping that my products came in the mail. I am sure that the people at the university PO box place are sick of me coming every day getting a package from them. I love getting things for cheap, if you have not tried eBay yet, you should cause it is amazing.
-Chris

Saturday, September 6, 2008

What You Put Into It

Today I was in a wedding for the first time (I wasn't getting married, but was a groomsman). It was quite an ordeal. But not a bad one. I feel bad now, because I was not especially looking forward to being in it for several reasons. (Cost of the tux, problems with people in the wedding etc.) but it turned out being a huge blessing in many ways. I was starting to disconnect with some friends of mine that were in the wedding. There is one main reason for this. I felt out of place, not because of anything that they had done or said, but because I am, for lack of a better phrase, as douche bag. You see I have become friends with four people over the past year or so, and as it is in many groups there seem to be pairs of people that are closer with each other than with the rest of the group. Well the one that I was close to moved away. That bummed me out big time, he is my best friend, and it has been a long time since I have had a friend like him. So instead of dealing with my problem in a healthy way, I decided to cut myself off from the people that were my friends, simply because I felt like the third wheel. Not that there is anything to dislike about these people, there are plenty of things that I love about them, but I just didn't feel like being a part of that group of people anymore. So today, I really just had a chance to reconnect with them, even though two of them were getting married. This has made me realize that even when I feel irritated, sometimes I am looking for a reason to be irritated. It was easier for me to be unhappy, and uncomfortable rather than just deal with the issue at hand. So I cut myself off emotionally. This has left me with a novelization that I need to invest more into relationships even when they are hard. It is so easy for me to just sit in my room and play Call of Duty, or WOW, or browse the internet. But investing in people is harder because it takes effort, time, and emotion. Plus the fact that you are dealing with people that will let you down. After the wedding, several people including the bride, and the brides mother told me that they (They being the group of people that I am speaking of) were blessed to have me as a friend. After that point, I somewhat felt like crap. It was so easy for me to just be a jerk, and not invest time and effort into these people because it was hard for me at the time. I need to realize that the more I invest in relationships, with quality time, not being a jerk, and being honest, the more the relationships will grow and be beneficial, even though they are hard. This is so simple why did it take me so long to figure out?
-Chris

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Freshman

The new freshman moved on campus yesterday. And if you are unfamiliar with CBU's orientation, it includes the families of the new freshman for the first two days. These some 3000 people have a time frame in which they have to eat, so suffice it to say the caf was crowded. VERY crowded, lemme show you the line.

Seriously? I didn't even eat today.
-Chris

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Few Things...

1) Come follow me on Twitter, if you make one I will follow you.
2) I am very very very ready for school to start. It is going to be a good year.
I am taking: Theology of James, History of Baptist Thought, Advanced Biblical Preaching, Golf, Self-defense, and my supervised ministry. I just went and got my books, should not be to heavy on the reading this year, but will be full of other things I am sure.
3) Back to School BBQ on Wednesday for The Refinery and The Journey. Should be a blast, if you are a middle schooler or high schooler come to Mag toomorrow at 6 for free food, then the usual Wednesday night program. Bring a friend.
-Chris

Friday, August 22, 2008

Big Lots

Today I discovered the beauty of Big Lots. It was my first time stepping into this wonderful place. For a mere 35 dollars I got some computer speakers, a 25 foot AV cable (so I can now watch live TV in my new upstairs room), a 15 foot ethernet cable, and three movies (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Squid and the Whale, and Kung Fu Hustle. I have not seen the latter too.) It was amazing. I fully recommend this store if you have never been.
-Chris

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bible in a Minute

When I saw the headline for this on myspace, I thought it was going to be horribly sacrilegious, but its not. While I watched this I thought of Dr. Mooney because in his class we had to write a meta-narrative of Genesis through 2 Samuel in ten minutes, and in a way that a 6 year old could understand it. Enjoy.
Bible In A Minute

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New Phone

I just got a new phone. It is pretty rad. Any phone I can update my blog with is pretty rad in my book.
-Chris

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Paradox

Those of you who know me, know that I am not a sports guy. I think most professional athletes are spoiled jerks. I don't watch any sports really, except for hockey. I am a sucker for hockey. That being said, I am addicted to the Olympics right now. I have no idea why. I am not especially patriotic so I don't care if we win any medals, but I cannot get enough of the games. It's only been two days, but I have been glued to my TV watching the entire time. I love the Olympics.
-Chris

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What's In My Recently Played File?

I have been listening to a lot of music lately. A lot. So here's what is in my recently played file.

1. Training for Utopia - Throwing a Wrench in the American Music Machine, and Falling Cycle EP


These guys are two of my favorites from when I was growing up. When I was in middle school my youth pastor showed me some Christian Hardcore. These guys being one of the first, they are naturally one of my favorite bands. They were ridiculously ahead of their time with all three of their albums. Throwing a Wrench.... and Falling Cycle are two very different albums, but both are amazing in their own way. Falling Cycle was their first release with Solid State Records, and was a very raw just heavy album. And I LOVE it. Throwing a Wrench.... is still raw and heavy, but they have mixed in an industrial edge that was not there for the first two albums. Fun fact about these guys: They got tired of not making any money with good music, so they asked themselves, "What would sell in a Christian market?" The answer: Cheeziness. Thus, Demon Hunter was born. Lord, I miss these guys.

2. Origin - Antithesis

What do you get when you have a bunch of classically trained musicians who want to play metal, and destroy the universe? Origin is what you get. So ridiculously fast. Next time you are in the mood for some death metal/grind check these guys out. So fast.

3. Dustin Kensrue - Please Come Home

If any of you are music buffs, you will know that Dustin Kensrue is the lead singer for Thrice. A while back he decided to come out with a folk side project. What came out was one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. He just knows how to hit the core of me with his lyrics, plus I dig the Johnny Cash style music.

4. Circa Survive - Juturna

Love these guys. I really like their other album, "On Letting Go", better, but this was the only one I had in my car while driving to AZ. So I listening to it. It's a great album. I really dig their originality in every part of their music, plus I really like Anthony Green's unique vocals.

5. As Cities Burn - Son, I Loved You at Your Darkest

These guys are an amazing band. They just have so much passion. You can really feel it in the way he writes his lyrics, but then it transfers over to the music as well. But there really is no way around it, if the lyrics weren't as good as they are, this album would still be good, but nowhere near as good.

That will complete it for this installment of "What's In My Recently Played File?" Hope you guys will check a few of these bands out, if you haven't already.
-Chris

Early Bird Gets To Go Back To Bed

So I had work today at 6:45 in the morning. I know, I know ridiculous right? Well I get myself up before any one person should be up, drag myself to work, look at the schedule, and find out that they changed my work time from 6:45 to 8. So I got up and hour and fifteen minutes early. Not only that, I found out that they didn't call me cause my roommate said he would tell me. Guess what he didn't tell me. Evil.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Eegee's!


One thing that miss terribly from AZ is Eegee's. In fact one of the first things I did when I was there was go get visit the closest location. It is a fast food place that serves subs. But the subs are not what I miss. I miss the slushes. They are absolutely amazing. Imagine a really thick Icee with chunks of fruit in them. OH MY GOODNESS! So tasty. If there were things that I could live on for the rest of my life they would be: Animal Style fries from In 'n' Out, Manicotti, Steak, and Strawberry Eegees. Seriously. They are that amazing. They are only a Tucson chain, so if you are ever in Tucson, check them out. They are amazing.
-Chris

Arizona Update #2

There is only one reason I went to AZ, and that was to visit people. (Why else would I go to Tucson?) So while I was there I made a genuine effort to spend as much time as I could with my friends that I hadn't seen in a while. In my last post I talked about how I was staying with Jimmy.

So that is what Jimmy looks like. He's a great friend and I wish the best for him.
Saturday night, I was able to catch up and have coffee with my friend Steph.

(Isn't that the most forced smile you have ever seen?)
We had a nice long chat in a rad little coffee/hookah shop. It was awesome catch up with her. It was interesting because she started dating another friend of mine that has moved to Georgia, and I never got to hear the story about how they started dating, so I got to hear that tale.
Today I was able to catch up with Serena, Natalie, and Ashley.

(Left to right: Natalie, Ashley, myself, and Serena)
We got to just chill in the food court of the mall that I used wreak havoc at. So that brought back old memories as well as being cool catching up with these ladies. Overall it was a great trip and was happy to have done it, and am looking forward to the time when all these people will come visit me in CA. (Hint, Hint guys)
-Chris

Saturday, July 19, 2008

AZ Update #1

So today, Saturday, being my first day in Arizona, I figured I would give you guys an update. I got in last night around 7:30ish and stood around in Jimmy's apartment complex parking lot, because I couldn't find his apartment, and he could hear his phone cause it had fallen into the couch cracks. So when I finally got in, we watched Cops. (I know, I am not a fan either but what Jimmy showed me was pretty funny.) After a while Jimmy and I hopped on WOW and played some.... Well not just some, alot. After which we watched several Tivo'ed episodes of The Conan O'brien Show. Then we went to bed it was around 4:30 I believe. I woke around noon, and Jimmy did soon after. Then we played some more WOW. That is really how we spend our afternoon. After which we went downtown to 4th Ave to place called The Living Room where several bands were playing.

The Living Room is tiny little local venue, where really only local bands played, it was the size of my apartment really. Besides being really loud, I liked it alot. I just generally think the music scene around here is way better than in CA. No one here gets upset because the songs don't have breakdowns, or because it wasn't "brutal" and I love it. Not only that, no one here will threaten to "kick your a**" for accidentally looking at them funny.
When we got there we met several friends there, Adam, Cale and Rob (Cale and Rob I have not seen since I moved). We stood outside for a while and shot the breeze to catch up. Soon after that Blues went on. Blues is a great great band from Tucson. Very original, almost southern but they definitely make it their own. You should check them out on Myspace for sure.
After them Cyrus Fell Down came on. They were FANTASTIC. They were a weird mix of like punk, but thrashy and and indie at the same time. They had a very original sound, not only that they pulled it off excellently, were very entertaining to watch, and their bass player was phenomenal. Definitely give them a listen if you can. I don't know if they are on Myspace or not, but you should check they were so good.
After Cyrus Fell Down played, we all decided to hit up Brooklyn Pizza. It was some of the better pizza I have had in my life. My first time around I had a slice of Ham and Pineapple. Then I had a slice of Meatball. Great pizza. I paid for myself and Jimmy, and it end up being only 11 bones. So it was really inexpensive as well. If you are ever in Tucson and somewhere near 4th Ave. give them a try for sure.
While we were at the show it started to rain pretty hard. I had a picture that I wanted to put in here but I will save that one for a later post. If you know anything about Arizona it is famous for its Monsoon Season. From June 15th till Sept. you are likely to see HEAVY rain at least once every two weeks, and more realistically several times. But anyways, the heavy rain and lightning had kicked in. We were driving home and we could barely see out of the windshield. I really miss the rain and lightning, it's really great to sit in a second story window and just watch.
When we got back to Jimmy's apartment complex, it was raining harder than ever so before running like heck to his apartment I tied some plastic bads around my shoes, cause my shoes are just made of canvas, so they would have been absolutely soaked, but yeah managed to get to Jimmy's room with dry feet. If you are every in a pinch and need to keep your feet dry, this seemed to work well.

So that is it for now. I will post again tomorrow, I may not have pictures though. My camera is acting funny. 'Till Then.
-Chris

Attack Cat Gorge

This is George. He is the cat that lives in the apartment I am staying at in Arizona. He is a funny cat. He runs around like a speed freak and even when you are petting him he is acting like he is hyped up on PCP. Another funny thing about George is that he likes to bite. I mean he REALLY likes to bite. He snuck up on me while I was sleeping last night and bit my nose. Even when you are petting him and he's purring like he likes you all of the sudden his teeth are digging into your skin like an alcoholic with no hands trying to get the cap off his beer. Weird effin cat.
-Chris

Friday, July 18, 2008

Arizona

I am leaving today to go visit some friends in Tucson Arizona. I will spend the next five days eating alot of fast food, catching up with people that I have not seen since December of '06, playing WOW, watching horror movies, and evidently am going to the Grand Canyon (not sure if it will actually happen). Please keep me in your prayers as I have to drive 430 miles by myself without cruise control (so my feet are gonna be tired haha). But yes this will be great trip I am thinking. I will most definitely have a picture post when I get back. In the mean time you should check out my new band, The Curse Has A Name. We only have one song up as of now, I am hoping that will change soon though. 'Till then.
-Chris

Goose Tossing

I’ve been trying something new lately and it’s really put a new spin on how I go through my days. Instead of waking up ten minutes before work and wiping myself down with a damp paper towel, I’ve been waking up really early and going for walks all over town. You’d be amazed at how quiet this place is without people in it. I haven’t felt this peaceful in years.

I went over to Fairmount Park the other day at around 4am and even the geese were still asleep when I got there. I couldn’t believe my luck. It’s been a dream of mine for years to see how far I could throw a goose and this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve definitely learned that you’ve got to strike fast when dealing with sleeping animals because the element of surprise is your biggest weapon. That old wives’ tale about letting sleeping dogs lie only applies if you don’t have a plan for after you wake up the dog. With geese, it’s the same story. You wake up a goose just for the fun of it, you’ll get pecked like no tomorrow. Their beaks are painful, man. You don’t want to find out first hand.

When I saw those geese getting some shuteye, I knew exactly what to do. I picked out one that looked like it might be lighter than some of the other ones. [Side note: Can we stop feeding the geese so many friggin breadcrumbs? They’re plenty fat as it is.] I decided to name it “Tosserton,” because it seemed appropriate at the time and I find that I can throw things farther if they have a name. When I was sure that Tosserton was definitely asleep and not faking it, I picked out my landing zone and went in for the throw.

Goose tossing is a hard art to master and with no means to practice, I had to rely on what it looked like in my dreams. So I got a running start, went full steam ahead, picked up Tosserton and threw him (her?) hammer-toss style as far as I could, spinning my body to get maximum torque. I was pretty freaked out about how flexible her (his?) neck was, but it ended up helping me get more distance than I would have otherwise. I’d say I got a good forty feet, which is shorter than I predicted, but still a pretty admirable toss in my opinion.

You should have heard Tosserton honking in the air. He (she?) righted herself (himself?) right before hitting the ground and ended up just gliding to safety, so I didn’t have to feel bad about hurting Tosserton. After the goose landing, I was overcome with an enormous sense of completion. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

I will say this: I don’t recommend goose-tossing to anyone unless you’ve had a steady series of dreams over the last twenty years about it. If you don’t have the instincts bred into you subconsciously, then you won’t be ready to do it. Leave the goose-tossing to the professionals, people. Don’t try it at home.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Old School! pt. 2

With a gift card that friends gave me for my birthday I bought The Sword in the Stone. That movie soooo funny. Merlin and Archimedes. Hilarious. Marvelous Mad Madame Mim is funny too. If you have never had occasion to watch this classic Disney flick you should most definitely check it out.
-Chris

Monday, June 23, 2008

Old School!

I got a iTunes giftcard from Mike and Nicole for my birthday. (Which is today.) I used to broaden my horizons, and get some old school hip hop. After browsing for quite a while, I finally decided on Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full" I love it. I also picked up an RJD2 which is not hip hop, but Blueprint is a guest on the song so it end up pretty hip hop, which I am immensely impressed with. Check out some old school hip hop if you're into that sort of thing.
-Chris

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tonight!


Tonight is the night. The Stanley Cup. It's going to be a great series this year. The numer 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings, are taking on the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is going to be awesome sauce. Predictions you ask? I would love for the Wings to take it home. But, I think the Pens are on to much of a hot streak, and Marc Andre Fleury is too good of a Goalie for the Wings I am thinking. I say Pens will win it in 6.
-Chris

How Lame Is That?

I just discovered Microsoft Entourage on my computer. For those of you who do not know, I am an avid Mac user. So much that I despise any time that I am forced to use a PC. Seriously, I get all irritated. It's kinda lame. Anyways, I got Microsoft Office for the mac when I first got this thing two years ago. It came with 3 programs I knew what they did, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. It also came with another program that I had never heard of, Entourage. I have been looking for a PDA phone recently because I am TERRIBLE with remembering dates, times etc. But all the phones I have found can only be updated through Microsoft Outlook. Guess what? There is no Outlook for Macs after OS 9.2 (or 9.6 I can't really remember). So if you are running a Mac that was made anytime in the past decade you can't get Outlook. So I did some research, and found out that friggin Entourage is the almost the same thing. Gosh. I am an idiot. This program could have saved me HOURS. Why didn't I open it when I got it and see what it did. Lord.
-Chris

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ouch.

Dang. I was just brutally reminded of the fact that people watch Christians and what we do and say. If you keep up with this you know of some things that I have said to a certain individual whom I do not know. I should have just kept my mouth shut, and dealt with the fact that I thought someone is wrong. Instead, I felt the need to just unload on someone I have never met, and thus have most definitely lost an opportunity to share the love Christ. This is the greatest sin one could ever commit, and I did it with a clean conscience. Now through the words of someone who did not even reveal themselves, but hid behind a veil of sarcasm, I have been able to see my own folly. God, forgive me for my idiocy, and help me to overcome my pride....
-Chris

Monday, May 5, 2008

Moving Stinks...

So ended my two year stint in Rose Garden Village living with elderly folks. For those of you who don't know. I lived in an apartment complex that CBU owns that was formerly a retirement community. When CBU bought it they were going to just let the senior residents move out or (I know this is harsh but....) die. But my freshman year there were more people than the University expected so I ended up living amongst elderly folks. I was apprehensive about it at first, but it immediately grew on me. They were not upset that we were there, they in fact were happy. We would often have gatherings with them were we would eat pizza and just talk. They even invited to have coffee with them every morning in the complex community room. Sure there were a few that were unhappy about it, but for the most part they were stoked that we were there. I will miss is terribly, but I am enjoying my new apartment in University Place 120. I'll post pics of the new place soon.
-Chris

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Done

I am officially done with school for summer. God, I am glad....
Now to figure out how I am going to work on Monday, and somehow check out of my apartment and into my new one.... geez louise.
-Chris

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I am in heaven right now.

I love hockey. It think it is the ish. So right now I am in heaven because it is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And thus there are games on all the time. I love it. To bad my Coyotes did not make it.
-Chris

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Brak Show


I just recently got my second volume of The Brak Show back from Phil. I love the Brak Show. Its very very funny. If you like random crap you should check out the Brak Show.

If you like it, you can probably borrow my DVD's.... if I know you.... and if I love you enough.... which I probably don't. Unless you have a fish named Mr. Tickles.
I have not had these DVD's for a while, so watching them all again is like watching them for the first time. Enjoy.
-Chris

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dinner Tonight


Well folks, today I get to go to one of my favorite places, Wahoo's. This particular one is owned by Travis Barker of +44 and Blink-182. Wahoo's is a great place. It's got some really good Mexican food. I am not a fish person, but I have heard that they have great fish tacos if you are into that type of thing. But my favorite is the carnitas red wet burrito. Mhmm. Tasty. They also have great onion rings. Probably my favorite onion rings in all the land. If you live anywhere near Norco or Huntington Beach, check them out. I know theres more locations than that, but I have no idea where.
-Chris

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Last Days...

It is the last week of school for me. It's really weird to be done so freaking early but that is how the cookie crumbles. I have two take home finals that are due tomorrow, then a Greek final on Tuesday. But I have a paper that is due on Friday as well as a evaluation for my internship. So much craziness. But it will not be that bad I think. I have Campus Days later today, but I will post on that later. But it is a fun thing. Maybe I will take some pictures, and post later. Fo sho. Till then.
-Chris

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Good Friends.....

Recently I have reconnected with several old friends that I have not been able to spend time with.
First, I had coffee with Dylan Hake. That is always a good time, we talk about anything and everything and it is always refreshing. For sure. Always interesting to hear what kind of stuff he is going through in his life, be it positive or negative.
Second, I got to go to Disneyland and dinner with Matthew Mayhem. That was cool. Have not seen him for a while. Now, I need to hook up with our fellow buddy Travis who I have not seen in an even longer time.
Tomorrow, is lunch with the Bean. I am looking forward to this more than I can explain. I have alot of things that I need to lay out on the table for her, and I hope some things that she will have some things to say to me as well.
If you (the reader) and I have not hung out in a while let me know. Lets get some coffee or something and catch up for sure.
-Chris

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tiger & the Duke


The Sound of Animals Fighting (TSOAF) is a very interesting band. As is their re-release of "Tiger & The Duke" on Equal Vision Records. TSOAF is made up of so many random people it's hard to keep track. Rich, Matt and Chris of Rx Bandits , Anthony Green of Circa Survive (and formerly Saosin), Derek and Randy of Finch , Marc from Atreyu , among others. The sound is very original. You can tell that this group of guys really just wanted to get together and play some music that was different. It has a feeling that is somewhat similar to The Fall of Troy, or even possibly a little bit like The Mars Volta. But when it comes down to it, they have their own sound. While the music is interesting, I found myself waiting for the next song to begin. This is not a good thing. I liked the songs, but they seemed to kind of drag. When a song is excellent, you want to hear more, but aren't in a rush to get to the next song. That element was not present in these songs. Because this was a re-issue there are some cool bonuses, 1) Re-mixes from another album by different bands including Portugal the Man, Technology, Evol Intent, and The Optimist. All this being said one of my favorite parts of this album is the live song "Horses in the Sky" this is great because this band has stated that they are only going to play four shows total, all of which are done. So those of us who did not make it to any of those shows get a taste of it. Now my least favorite parts of the album were the interludes between songs that were performed by Technology. It wasn't that there were interludes, I would not have minded if they were good. But I feel they were rather poorly written. This is when I really wanted the next song to come, was during these 3 interludes. Overall I say this album is definitely worth a listen. Another interesting thing about this band is that they do not use their names in the credits. I am unsure how Wikipedia found all of this information out (possibly posted by one of the members?), but each member is assigned an animal rather than using their name. The Four main members that have remained the same since the beginning are The Nightingale, The Walrus, The Lynx, and The Skunk (Rich, Matt, Chris, and Anthony respectively). On this album though, there is also: Tortise, Tiger, Bear, Raven, Swan, Dog, Ferret, Octopus, Armadillo, Llama, and Hyena. Not only do the musicians get animals, but the mixers, masterers, artwork people, authors (I'll get to a point about this one), public relations, engineers, and patrons. So in all reality this band has a large amount of members (I don't feel like counting). The artwork on this album is somewhat interesting. It does not spark interest immediately in the way that "O' God the Aftermath" ( Norma Jean ) does, but it piques curiosity none the less. There also is a story that goes along with the music, I am unsure what the title has to do with the story though, because the story is about two wolves searching for something called "The Glen". This is where I believe the album could have used some improvement, if you are going to have a story along with your album there are a few things that are needed of it. 1) It needs to grab my attention. 2) It needs to be somewhat thoroughly explained. Neither of these things are present in this story.
Overall Rating: I give it 3 Carl's Jr. Milkshakes out of 5

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Well....

I have decided that I am going to do music reviews. I don't know why. Probably to motivate people to buy less crappy music I suppose. But yeah... I am going to Mexico tomorrow, then when I get back I will do my first review. I am still deciding of what. Maybe something that's big that comes out while I am gone? Dunno, leave me some suggestions.
-Chris

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I cannot believe this...

In June of 2002, the synod of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster (in Vancouver, Canada) voted to authorize a service to bless same-sex unions. J. I. Packer was among the synod members who walked out in protest, and he explained why in an article for Christianity Today. The lede summarized his rationale: "Why did I walk out with the others? Because this decision, taken in its context, falsifies the gospel of Christ, abandons the authority of Scripture, jeopardizes the salvation of fellow human beings, and betrays the church in its God-appointed role as the bastion and bulwark of divine truth."

On Feb. 13, 2008, Packer's church, St. John’s Shaughnessy in Vancouver (at 760 members, the largest church in the Anglican Church of Canada), voted to leave the ACC and to align with a more orthodox branch in Argentina: the Province of the Southern Cone.
On Feb. 22, 2008, Michael Ingham, Bishop of the New Westminster Diocese, sent a letter to Packer (who has been an honorary assistant at St. John's for over 20 years) and other clergy serving a Notice of Presumption of Abandonment of the Exercise of the Ministry under Canon XIX, based on (1) publicly renouncing the doctrine and discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada; and (2) having sought or intending to seek admission into another religious body outside the Anglican Church of Canada.

If they do not dispute these facts by April 21, 2008, their authority as ministers of the Word and Sacrament (conferred at their ordinations) will be revoked.

Please pray for Dr. Packer, all of the staff of St. John's, and all the members as well.

-Chris
(Taken from Justin Taylor's Blog: Between Two Worlds

Monday, March 3, 2008

Emo vs. Heavy

One thing that drives me absolutely insane about southern California is all of the stereotypes that are thrown around. (I do it just as much as everyone, so I know this is hypocritical, but only to a point but you will see why.) I.E. "That guy is a bro" or "That dude is a beach bum" or "That homie is gangsta" etc. I guess what bothers me is not the fact that stereotypes are there, but the fact that when something is stereotyped a certain way and thus makes people dislike that band/person/activity simply because thats "emo" "bro" or "hardcore" or whatever. Perfect example is music. People will simply not a certain band because they sing. Simply because they sing. And according to them if it has any singing in it at all its emo. It doesn't matter that they are not singing about cutting themselves, or even breaking up with their girlfriend. They could be singing about vital issues that are important to that the listener, but because they sing they are emo. But then there are bands like Emmure. (Please do not misinterpret what I am saying I can appreciate Emmure's talent for being heavy.) Emmure is one of those really heavy bands. Lots of breakdowns, no singing, de-tuned guitars you know the deal. But he literally is screaming lyrics about crying to the bayside CD (10 Signs You Should Leave), Killing himself because of regret of a love lost (It's Not Just a Party, It's a Funeral & When Everything Goes Wrong, Take the Easy Way Out), and every song is about an ending romantic relationship; not to mention that the artwork is animations of the lead singer hanging himself. I mean it is very obvious that the man has very serious emotional and psychological problems. If anything I feel that this is one of the most emo records I have heard since I bought Hawthorne Heights CD (without hearing it. It had a sticker that said "For fans of Finch" so I got sucked in) and hearing about cutting his wrists, and giving himself black eyes because his love left him. Meanwhile all the hardcore kids love Emmure because there are breakdowns, and screaming, but won't even bother listening to very talented bands like Haste the Day, or As Cities Burn simply because they have some singing parts. It honestly strikes a chord, and some people realize the stupidity of not doing things/listening to things simply because they SEEM to fit in with a certain stereotype.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Battle of the Bands

I am a musician. I love playing music. Not every person that picks up a guitar or owns a drum kit should call themselves a musician. Even I am slowly moving away from the musician into the role of a minister. The reason I say this is because so many people these days starting bands, when they in reality have no talent. None. There is a flood of these terrible bands in Southern California. This makes things difficult for bands that actually know what they are doing. What happens is these bands will get a show, no one will show up and thus, the promoter, the venue, and the venue employees are out of their pay for the evening. So what has happened is that promoters have started making people sell tickets in advance. This makes sense right? It should except it has become the exact opposite of what it was supposed to be. Instead of the bands just not being able to play if they don't sell X amount of tickets, the promoters have decided to take advantage of these bands and make them pay for every ticket that they did not sell. This has in turn lead to a "Battle of the Bands" where people will pay X amount of dollars to play 3 songs. On top of this the original fee doesn't cover everyone to get into perform. For example Spirit West Coast has a such an event. You pay $75 and you get to play, but that only covers 2 of your band members getting into the festival. So you in turn pay the original $75 fee plus another $75-$150 dollars a person to get the rest of the band in to actually play the gig. Then if the judges liked your style of music, or what you had to say, you might get another 10 minute set on one of the main stages. During which, you are not allowed to use any of your own gear. You have to use the backlined gear that the festival provides. Then if you do well through that mess, you get to perform in Nashville for another battle of the bands. But the catch is, you have to make your own way out there. Thus you must raise all the funds you need to get to Tennessee. So they pretty much screw you coming and going. It's an endless cycle. If people actually knew what they were doing before they started a band, then all of this could be avoided. Please, if you are a musician out there, do not take this as discouragement. All I am saying is that you should be decent at your instrument of choice before going and trying to get gigs at The Whiskey A Go Go. Not only will people actually like you, you might actually save yourself some money in the process. If you are a promoter reading this, QUIT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF KIDS! You make them sign a contract that they don't understand, just so that they can get on a stage and play music. I don't know how you look at yourself in the mirror for doing that to kids. Seriously.....
-Chris

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Looking into these faces...

Do you ever look at those around you and wonder, "What the heck happened to you?" This is not necessarily a bad thing. For example, my cousin is getting engaged. She went through a tough year, and she has returned to God and is seeking his will for her. But it could be a bad thing. I have friends that I just do not know anymore. Seriously, it has not been that long since we have talked, but now they are druggies, sexually promiscuously, alcoholics, and atheists. I look at all of the changes that are going on around me and wonder, "what do people think of what I have become?" Am I the guy that they ask "What went wrong with him?" or do they say "His parents must have done something right." I know that I have my flaws (selfishness, dishonesty, lustful thoughts, pride, laziness, unrighteous anger, and to many more to list) but do people look at me and think that's all that I am, or do they see that I genuinely want to improve in these areas? That would be one of my deepest regrets if that is all they could see of me. I know that my God knows and that is more than sufficient, but if my mother and father thought that I was a hoodlum, I would be hurt. I know that my mother and father don't think this of me, that was simply an example. God, I have so much to change.....
-Chris