If you missed part one you can read it right here

I know you’ve been waiting to see what other stereotypes I don’t fit, but before I get into that, I want to make it clear these are my preferences and I firmly believe people have the right to enjoy and do whatever they want, within the laws. That being said, here are the other two things that might blow your mind.

1. I don’t like grits. That’s right, the staple of southern foods. I don’t like the texture. It just feels wrong in my mouth and I don’t like the taste. I’ve tried the flavored ones and I’ve tried different consultancies of them. I just don’t like grits.

THIS IS THE BIG ONE. BE PREPARED.

2. I don’t like football, or really watching any sport on TV. I know I’m in the heart of the SEC, but I’ve never been into college or professional sports on TV. I enjoy going to baseball games or basketball games or even soccer games. I just don’t like watching them on TV. I don’t really even like going to football games. I simply don’t enjoy it at all. I don’t really know what it is, but before you say that I’m too delicate for it or that it’s too rough of a sport, I enjoy rugby and hockey, so it’s neither of those reasons. I just don’t see the point of it. I enjoy the experience of going to live games for most sports, but I don’t want to spend my at home time watching it. If you think I’m weird for not scheduling my life around sports, that’s your right, but I think it’s weird to plan your life around play-offs and Draft times, and that’s my right. We can get along. Most of my friends LOVE sports. I don’t. One isn’t better than the other, we’re just different, and that’s ok.

Poetry Monday 4/1/13

April 1, 2013

Happy April 1st! My birthday month begins today! I think that most everyone with an April birthday would agree that April is the best month for birthdays. I hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Easter. How great it is to serve the risen Lord!

April 1st, a time for jokes
But there are some rules dear folks
If the jokee isn’t laughing, it’s not a good prank
Have a laugh, but be nice, as someone’s chain you yank.

Have a great week and please be sure to check back Wednesday and Friday.

What’s the best April Fools you’ve ever pulled or had pulled on you?

2 Nifty Posts in 1

March 29, 2013

I’m giving myself the day off since its Good Friday, but I wanted to share a couple links with you from some other blogs.

First off we have my friend Joseph Craven’s blog post, a numerous look at how to become a sports fan.

Second, I offer up for your thought provoking enjoyment, a post by Jeff Goins on an alternative to self promotion.

I hope you enjoy their posts as much as I did. Have a great Good Friday and Easter!

Kubb

March 27, 2013

Yesterday my father and I made a Kubb (pronounced koob) set. This is the part where most people look at me and say, “What’s Kubb?” Kubb is an outdoor game of skill that dates back to the Vikings. You play on a field that is 8 meters by 5 meters. In the very center of the field is the largest block, the king, and on each short line is five smaller blocks called kubbs. You throw batons that are as long as the king (about 12″) to nock over your opponents kubbs. Once all the kubbs on you opponents side are nicked down, you then knock over the king. It’s much harder than it sounds. My father and I took a while before we could knock anything over from a half field distance. It’s a lot of fun once you start getting the feel for it, but can be frustrating at first. I got some instructions online for how to make a set. They are pretty good, but you need a little extra wood of the thicker dowel because you lose some wood when cutting it. I didn’t give you all the rules but you can check out the full rules with diagrams here.

What interesting or little known games do you like to play?

Great New Music!

March 20, 2013

This morning I want to introduce you to a couple of musicians with new stuff out or coming out soon. First off, Hannah Mulholland is a great musician with her debut EP out on her website for a physical copy, and on iTunes. It’s a great album with some superb songs. When I got the EP I put it in and literally listened to it every time I was in my car for a week. I highly recommend her music, but I must warn that a couple songs have swear words in them, so keep that in mind if that bothers you or you have kids around. Check her out, she’s really talented.

Benjamin Hofer has his album coming out on April 6th. I backed him on Kickstarter, so I got an early download. It’s called “Family History” and is a great piece of artistry. It has a great folksy feel without feeling cliched. I’ve listened through the album a couple of times now and it’s really good. You can check out his stuff on his website and his bandcamp site. I recommend all of his stuff.

Finally, I do have a little self promotion. I put up two new videos on my YouTube channel and I would really love for you to check them out. Also, remember, you can like Goteefreak’s Corner on Facebook.

First off, sorry I’m late with the post today. I’ve been running like crazy all week. I try my best to get my posts up 3 times a week by 7:00 AM, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Please accept my profuse apologies. Now, on to the post!

So, “reality” TV…..what’s the deal with it? Could it be one of the signs of the end times, or is it just a sign of mankind’s depravity? Before I even start, I have to admit, I’ve been drug into this type of entertainment myself. I was hooked on “the real world” for a while even though I knew there was nothing real about it. I like certain seasons of “dancing with the stars” as well.

There are some religious fanatics people who think the popularity of “reality” TV is a sign that Christ is coming back tomorrow or next week. Could he? Yes. Will it be because of “reality” TV? No, it’ll be because that was his plan. If you want to get super technical, everything around us could be looked at as a sign of the end times, because John the Baptist, Jesus, and his disciples all taught that the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Being a reformed believer, I think that everything since the ascension of Jesus has been the end times. We live in the times between the two comings. The second coming marks the end of the end times and the beginning of eternity for the new Heaven and new Earth. So, when looked at it through those lenses, yes it could be a sign of the end times, but I don’t think it’s one of the big ones covered in the book of Revelations. I think instead it falls under the depravity of mankind.

I believe in common grace, a grace shown to everyone, sinner and believer alike (such as rain to grow crops and the fact we keep breathing and the world doesn’t spin into the freezing outer reaches of space), and special/saving grace, a grace poured out only on believers for salvation and understanding of God’s word and will (though we still don’t understand it all, we can gain deeper understanding by this grace). It is a common grace that humans aren’t as bad as we could be. We are kept from doing all our sinful nature desires by this common grace, wether it be through federal laws, social accountability, or whatever reason. Slowly, we, as Christians, have allowed society to whittle away at what is acceptable in public and on TV. In just 2-3 generations, depending on your age, we’ve gone from “Andy Griffith” to “real housewives”. That’s disturbing. What’s next? What will be on when our kids are growing up? So, while I don’t think “reality” TV is a sign of the end times in and of itself, I do think its a sign of the continuing slide of humanity into its own sinful nature and what we as a society allow to be in our lives. We are worth more than this. Our attention deserves more. Our time deserves more! Yet, every year, we let TV execs take and fill more and more of our time and our lives with their garbage. It makes me sad and angry all at the same time.

I’m sorry if I offended anyone, these are just my thoughts. You, of course, have the right to disagree and enjoy “reality” TV to whatever extent you want. I still think you deserve better.

What are your thoughts on “reality” TV?

Poetry Monday! 2/26/13

February 25, 2013

Man, the weekend just goes by too fast! I could certainly use more rest and down time.

We go to church on Sunday
To hear the missionaries speak
But when it come to Monday
Do we let our joy leak
Out for others to see it
In our actions and our words?

We don’t have to change hearts
And it’s not our job to save.
We just have to share parts
Of Christ’s story, not draw them out of the cave
Of sin and desperation
They don’t know they’re in.

Cast out the net, Jesus brings them in.
Share the joy, the Spirit convicts of sin.
Our job isn’t saving a soul
But rejoicing in a soul God saves!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Keep safe and cast out the net to those around you. You never know who God will put in your sphere of influence.

My first blog

August 7, 2012

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

-J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring”

This is a quote I really love from a set of books I have enjoyed from childhood until now and will share with my kids someday. I think it is appropriate for m first blog to start with this quote because there’s no telling where this could go.
In thinking of what to talk about first I thought maybe I should share about myself some. I’m almost thirty, married to my best friend, and a Christian. I’ve been very lucky in my life to have a family that loves me and opportunities to do some really fun and cool things. I’ve been a teacher at church for quite a few years. I started out doing Wednesday night stuff with 5th-6th grade guys then moved to Jr. High Sunday school and now Sr. High Sunday school. I love my each and every one of my kids. They are awesome and it has been a joy to teach them. I like board games and card games, video games, almost anything involving frisbees, music(making it or listening to it), movies and some T.V. shows.
So, why the blog? Well I feel I need some sort of outlet for my thoughts and creativity. I figure this might be a good place to organize and share what’s going on in my head. With the introductions out of the way now to the blog.
I’ve been backing a lot of projects on kickstarter lately and one of them is an art book by Creaturebox, the guys who do the ratchet and clank art work. This book is a throwback to the comics of their, and my, youth, like Calvin and Hobbes. It is monsters, stranded space men, and robots of all ilk. Pretty cool and fun stuff, if you’re into that kind of stuff. It’s made me go back to my Calvin and Hobbes complete collection and really enjoy Watterson’s art and stories again like the first time. He was really onto something amazing. His weekday comics were light and funny, but the Sunday comics pushed the envelope. Vibrant colors and strange places and things that could only come from a kids overactive imagination. Kids these days don’t know how to use their imaginations the way Calvin does or even the way we used to at their age. Why is this the case? Is it the abundance of T.V. that has taken the place of reading and being read to? Is it the word of video games? Is it the world becoming a darker place so kids can’t play outside anymore without the parents being afraid they’ll be snatched? I think it’s a blend of all these things. I love video games and movies and T.V., however if you look around at a family get together with young kids are they playing with each other, using their imaginations, or are they more likely to be on the latest handheld-this or i-that, hardly talking to others and getting frustrated when they are distracted from what they are doing? It’s a sad state of affairs when we choose AI and objects over real people and relationships. Francis Schaeffer wrote that we are to “love people and use things.” He went on to explain how we continually get it backwards and love things and use people. We love our stuff, our video games and cutscenes, our eyecandy shows and movies where something happens every 25 seconds because we aren’t expected to pay attention if it doesn’t. We let everything around us talk down to us like we couldn’t or wouldn’t understand or pay attention to it or them if they didn’t. We, as people, have to show that we are smart and enjoy thinking and imagining things. We must make a stand against being handed everything a minute before we want it and getting angry when we have to wait 5 seconds for something to load on a device that just ten or fifteen years ago was considered science fiction. Immediate gratification is ruining our society if you ask me. Going back to Calvin and Hobbes, I remember a comic where Calvin’s dad is getting the grill ready and Calvin keeps asking him if the coals are hot enough yet. The gist of what his dad tells him is that sometimes its good to sit back and wait on something. A little anticipation is good for us. When is the last time you sat back with a good book and got taken to a place you’ve never been before? Or maybe you’ve been there before, but it was a long time ago. Go back to the imaginary places of your youth and teach the young people around you the importance of imagination. It’s makes a world of difference in your life. It has in mine.

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