Category Archives: TV

MythBuster

I don’t have traditional cable (too cheap, I mean, fiscally prudent) but I was lucky enough to catch a few MythBusters episodes while on break at work. If you haven’t seen it, it’s where science meets entertainment. The hosts take urban legends (for example, is it possible for a human to catch a bullet with his teeth?) and either confirm or debunk the myth basically by destroying stuff. [GRUNT Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor-style]

I think reality can be a better measure of outcomes than reality TV. Take the following old adage for example:

“Money makes the world go around.”

Is it Myth or Fact?

No laboratory or studio needed here. The testing grounds for this myth is real life. It routinely has a way of wrecking things on its own (or at least the entities in life like greedy corporations and corrupt governments do). There hasn’t been many times in history when the dollar has taken a beating like it has the last several months.

  • Foreclosures up 81%
  • Layoffs up 55% (200,000 in January alone)
  • Unemployment up 2.7% to 7.6% (4.1 million more jobs lost in ‘08 than ‘07)
  • Burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft up
  • Real estate value down 15.3%
  • Dow is Down 37% (4700 points) since one year ago
  • Consumer spending down 8.9% Q4 2008 (worst since 1947)
  • Federal government over $10 trillion dollars in the hole
  • Fed $787 billion more down (pending the “stimulus” package)

There is no money left out there! Has the earth’s rotation slowed? Has the days gotten any longer? Has the world stopped?

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Bottom Line (no pun intended):
Money does NOT make the world go around.

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One Way

I went to my folks’ last night to hook up a DVD Home Theater System that I bought them for Christmas. They already had a DVD but a new one came as part of the package. I got it more for the sound than anything else. It just seemed out of place to watch a 42” flat panel High Def TV with the audio capability of a 13” black and white TV––at least that’s the way it seemed.

I hooked the system up using some of the options described in the instructions, including the A/V RCA plugs, the S-Video cable, and the YPbPr components (hang on––I don’t necessarily know what these are either but you don’t need to know to “get” this post). Each way seemed to sacrifice some of the features. I’d get sound from the theater system with one but no sound from the TV speakers, or vice versa, or only stereo sound when playing a DVD. I finally realized what it was that was missing: the gold standard in digital cables, the HDMI. It afforded me the desired audio, but also a digital picture which was impossible to achieve with the analog alternatives mentioned above.

Here’s the point: There was only one way to hook up that TV to harness all of its qualities––that’s with a HDMI cable. Without that cable, the system would be inadequate. No HDMI, no digital picture. It’s the same with Jesus Christ. He is your HDMI cable. Without Him, you are just inadequate. Yeah, there are other doctrines just like there are other cables. And they may even offer some of the same benefits. However, there is only one way to redemption and that’s through Jesus Christ. If you’re going to get hooked up, get hooked up the right way––no Christ, no Heaven.

Jesus answered,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

~John 14:6

Reruns

Women like reruns too. No, not King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, or Seinfeld. They like our attempts at repeating or even topping a previous hot date. Hint guys: you actually have to take your girl on a hot date before you can try to repeat it.

Here’s what I did on Saturday: I spent several hours of the day shining up the carriage so that I could escort my queen in style. My pastor says that “if you want her to act like a queen, you better start treating her like one, Bubba!” Not only does that advice make sense but I find it to be true. Anyway, the previous night, I made some reservations at a high class restaurant and picked out the appropriate chic flick with which to woo my bride. Then I spent some significant time on the computer putting my creativity to good use by designing a few little cards expressing my love. She got the first of the cards early Saturday, giving her a general time frame of the night’s activities. Second only to the time of departure for her is what to wear. Beyond that, I kept the specifics a surprise, even driving in the direction of one of her favorite restaurants. If you want to show her some real value, set a meaningful course of events independent of her. My wife likes steak so I took her to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Also, I find that life has a way of distracting us from what’s truly important in a relationship (each other) with such things as politics currently for me or my driving technique for my wife so we agreed to set up some ground rules. No discussing politics, this blog, or my driving all night period. Oh, and I opened her doors for her. I don’t care how “independent” your women claims to be, don’t let her fool you, she will freakin’ explode on the inside if she’s not used to you doing this. So here’s the final tally:

Expensive? You bet. Was it worth it? Yes, there’s no 8 ounce piece of steak, no matter how tasty, worth $32.00 alone but the experience and how it made my wife feel is invaluable. I know what some of you are saying but hey, you spend that much on your cell phone bill every month . . . or the NFL ticket . . . or [insert own personal luxury item].

Don’t forget to compliment her either; tell her how beautiful she is, even if she looks like a Tonka Truck. Something attracted you to her, what was it? If you cant find it, maybe your the problem–stop being so shallow.

And the movie we saw: Fireproof. Awesome date movie, especially if you are considering marriage, already married, or on the verge of being unmarried. Check out the trailer below:

I had a great time, Baby–I love you!