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Thursday, January 1st, 2009 - 11:36 PM

"I Guess It's a New Year Now"

Happy New Year everyone! See, Jesus is making all things new. Allow Him to bless You this year. Pray for it. Seek Him earnestly. Do not give up no matter the trial that comes your way. If you do not give up, every promise that is given in the book of Revelation awaits you. Read it - again if you can't list all the promises verbatim from memory - you don't want to forget a single one!

I rang in the new year with Grandma and my parents. We rented a couple movies and played their new Wii. Yeah, that's right, my dad bought a Wii for him and my mom. It's something fun for them to do together. While I've had some exposure to the Wii (of course Marquis and Mr. Pukis each have one), I haven't had much time to master the controls. As far as video games go, I've become more of a spectator than a participant in recent years.

It has been fun to play the Wii sports games. Tennis is my favorite, then bowling, then golf, baseball and lastly boxing (can't get the controls to respond properly - annoying!). The first time through the fitness program, I scored a ripe 66 years old! After a couple days of practice, just today I scored a 20! Woo hoo, I just dropped 10 years (or 46 years from my horrible first test)! And here I was thinking I just turned 30.

And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

Revelation 21:5-7 ESV

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Sunday, October 26th, 2008 - 2:42 PM

"Don't Get It Wet or Tom"

Had a good time with Marcus & Tammy last night. I watched Marcus play "The Force Unleashed", an incredible Star Wars video game for the Playstation 3 (I should write a blog entry just about that game!). The three of us went for a walk, got some vittles, and then watched "Vexille", a very cool 3D Japanese animation movie.

As I was about to leave, Marcus noticed something quite humorous on the plastic DVD case from the movie rental company. Among other things, the printed instructions say "Never clean the bar code area or get it wet or tom during the cleaning process". I cannot even believe he noticed this, and more astonishing, apparently no one who publishes on the web has noticed it yet either (we did a Google search immediately, and as of this moment, no one has mentioned it). We are talking a major movie rental establishment here! There may well be millions of these cases printed in error. I guess most people just don't care. I'm sure someone else has noticed it.

Neither one of us would have cared either, had the spelling error been something simple and recognizable - a standard typo. This one is different. We both found it hilarious because neither of us, after several minutes of thought, have any idea whatsoever what it should or was trying to say! It would be interesting to see what "tom" means, besides some guy's name! I do recall noticing that recently the cases changed format... perhaps it was because the rental place noticed the mistake too. Hopefully no one got fired over such a silly thing! :)

At any rate, Marcus gave me a great salutation as I was walking out the door to leave, past midnight it was, me riding my bike home (context means everything for neology). He said, "Don't get it wet or tom." So is coined a new expression. "Don't get it wet or tom" is a salutation expressed when people part ways. I guess the closest equivalent would be, "Don't get wet", a common thing to say when parting, and it's raining outside. But rain isn't absolutely necessary for "don't get it wet or tom" to be applied. After all, it wasn't raining last night.

So, I'm not sure if my other expression spreading attempt worked out... speaking of that, go check it out right now! It's Wu Shu Sunday, the coolest day of all! Press F5 or "refresh" your browser to see all the image variations :) Hopefully "don't get it wet or tom" will get a little more exposure, since the source of it has much wider circulation. If it does, credit my friend Marcus for coining it and discovering it. If this makes it into some expression or phrase source history book, let it be known that here is where it started. October 26, 2008 in Beaverton, Oregon.

Don't get it wet or tom, and DaColas to all!

Phil

don't get it wet or tom

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008 - 1:49 AM

"Prepare to Meet Your Maker!"

Dave and I were playing an RPG video game this fine evening, and one of the expressions used by someone in our party of heroes said, "Prepare to meet your maker!" before unleashing an assault on the enemy. Another expression heard frequently in the game, used in the same circumstance is "Say your prayers!" Funny expressions to find in secular games, showing how potentially very meaningful phrases are overused, and our ears become immune to the value or beauty in such idioms.

At any rate, I was impressed by the first of these expressions, "Prepare to meet your maker". This is exactly what I desire to do, and even now, He is making Himself known to me. Not only do all of us face inevitable death, and thus we will "see our Maker"... at least long enough for Him to pronounce judgment on us all... then afterward, a continued contact for eternity, or separation and darkness (and few are those who "make the grade" - not one in of ourselves!). At any rate, we also have the opportunity to meet our Maker while still on earth. We need not wait until death do us part our bodies. Let us strive for the latter, rather than the former. For perhaps in "meeting" Him now, we will reduce the fear normally associated with being told to "Prepare to meet your maker!" For me, such a phrase brings a smile to my face and warmth to the heart.

So, as the Holy Spirit says:
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the desert,
where your fathers tested and tried me
and for forty years saw what I did.
That is why I was angry with that generation,
and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.'
So I declared on oath in my anger,
'They shall never enter my rest.' "

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said:

"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion."

Hebrews 3:7-15

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Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - 12:22 AM

"Five Mile Social Walk - That's How We Roll"

Katamari Damacy

I called up my good ole buddy Marcus and went over to his place this evening after stopping to get some vittles at Pizza Smizza. He, Tammy and I went on a rather long walk in the dark. It was not your average run of the mill Friday night activity. That's what made it so cool. Who thinks to go on a fairly lengthy walk as a way to socialize? It's better than sitting on a couch for hours on end. Exercise is good. The outside temperature was absolutely perfect - not too hot, not too cold. After we got back we sat on a couch for a while and played Katamari Damacy for the PS2. It's a very amusing and unique game - a bit of our senseless style of humor included.

Thanks, guys, for the company. Good friends make good company - especially when rolling huge gravitational spheres, collecting thumbtacks, penguins, umbrellas, crazily screaming humans with four foot hair projections, boats, houses and the like. Hmmm... too bad they don't have Katamari Damacy for the GameCube.

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