When Words Mean Nothing

This past week I had the privilege of hearing the words I long to hear, which is great... or should have been.  What happened is I ended up redoing the roof of the family shed.  Of course, we don’t have an ordinary shed. My dad built it, and it’s actually two sheds in one with a special roof, which looks great, but is a lot trickier than a normal roof to do.  When I was three quarters done my mom looked at my work and said to me, “It looks great; your dad would be proud of you.”  The next day my sister also looked at my work and said, “It looks great; dad would be proud of you.”  I should … [Read more...]

2 Embarrassing Moments

One of the best things I did on my LA mission’s trip is to go to homeless karaoke night... yes, this is a real thing.  A number of years ago a church, Los Angeles Central City Community Church of the Nazarene (yes, this is an incredibly long name for a church), in Skid Row, which is a highly populated homeless area in LA, wanted to do something special for the people there.  The church ended up setting up Wednesday night karaoke.  I was pretty skeptical at first: homeless karaoke night?  Fortunately, my judgemental side was shown up pretty hard because it was incredible to see how much hope … [Read more...]

Fan Expo: The best, worst day

I had been looking forward to this year’s Fan Expo since last year when I wasn’t able to go, and I tell you... it was... um... I’m glad I went, but I’m not.  I’m glad I have something to talk about, but it’s like after drinking too much: you’re not really sure if you should be happy you did it, but you can laugh about it.  Both experiences, Fan Expo and drinking too much start with good anticipation, but the big difference is during the experience, drinking – at least so I’ve been told since I don’t drink – is fun.  For many people the fun you have is so good it’s worth the hangover after.  … [Read more...]

You Can’t Save People

One of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn is it’s not up to me to “save” people.  I don’t mean physically: (waiter) “That person is choking!” (me) “Oh well, screw’m; Not my problem.”  Of course, I’m going to help someone who is in trouble, but I mean it’s not up to me to make people live or act the way I think they should.  Ever have a friend make a decision where you’re thinking, “This isn’t going to end well”?  And I don’t just mean something small like when a friend goes through the ‘I’m going natural; screw deodorant’ phase, but on a bigger scale like “I’ll just try that illegal drug … [Read more...]

Tommy the Tummy

(a story) Many people don’t realize that body parts can talk to each other. They may not have mouths, but they still communicate; it’s just in ways that we cannot hear. Much like people, body parts compare themselves to each other because they want to look their best.  On one particular person, one such body part was Tommy the Tummy. Tommy the Tummy had a dream. His dream was to be firm, and he would constantly talk about this to the other body parts. Unfortunately, all of the other body parts would make fun of him because he was far from his goal. However, since they were from the same … [Read more...]

Robin Williams: How to handle this tragedy

Robin Williams is arguably the greatest comedian of all time.  Whether in front of a live audience or a camera, the man was brilliant.  He was so good Ozzy Osborne hired him to cheer up Sharon when she was struggling with cancer, which is an audience most comedians would avoid at all costs (a fact from Ozzy’s biography).  Robin is a hero and inspiration to millions of people and his death is one of those events where the general reaction is disbelief: “No, that can’t be true,” especially in light of how it happened.  In times such as these the most important thing is to allow ourselves a … [Read more...]

Happiness: Sam the Shoe

(A Story) Sam the shoe, as the name suggests was a shoe. Sam liked being a shoe; she just wish she was a different shoe.  In her mind every other shoe was better off than her.  She was a “running” shoe, but I say running in quotations because she was a Velcro running shoe, and no one with Velcro shoes does a lot of running, especially Sam’s owner.  Her owner rode a motorized wheelchair, which frustrated Sam because she rarely got to feel the earth.  It was always just a step or two on the actual ground and then she’d be stationary on the motorized wagon.  Sam was frustrated because she had so … [Read more...]

Grateful for the Moment

(A story) Divorce? Tom’s parents woke him up to tell him their news, and now he was in shock.  He had never thought his parents would be getting a divorce.  They had been together for 25 years.  Sure they would fight on occasion, but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.  What was even stranger was his mom and dad were looking at him with excitement in their eyes.  It wasn’t even upsetting for them.  His mom interrupted his thinking by saying, “Your father and I have decided we need new adventures.”  Tom was confused.  His parents were older; the only adventures they’re supposed to have … [Read more...]

Getting Engaged is Like…

Many people don’t realize that the words “Will you marry me?” are another way of saying “There’s a storm coming.”  Getting engaged is like being hit by a hurricane because it’s always a lot more damaging and harder to endure than people expect.  Instead of rain and sleet, however, you’re pounded by questions and a tidal wave of decisions that need to be made.  It’s almost impossible to get engaged and not feel overwhelmed at some point.  It’s like that young guy who thinks it’ll be cool to tie himself to a tree to experience a hurricane head on.  He goes in thinking this will be great, but … [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Liking Your Job

One of the things I love about Universal Studios and Disney Parks is how friendly the staff is.  Everywhere I went they were quick to say hi, which helped me be friendlier in return.  After a week of this treatment I was in the habit of cheerfully greeting people myself and expecting a cheerful response... and that’s when I went to the airport; it’s not the same at the airport.  Airport security will not be winning a customer service award for friendliness on this side of prison: (me being cheerful) “Hi!” (airport security with look of annoyance) “Ugh.”  (me seeing another airport security … [Read more...]