What’s Been Happening (part 2)

About a week ago I started this story at Starbucks. I wrote until my Pike’s Place was gone and the post looked unreadably long, and decided I would just finish it in a part 2.

So… here we go.

As I said, about three weeks after interviewing for a job with a company that I had never even heard of before, I got a call.

And the timing was great, because Steph and I were having a very crappy day. (If you’re single, brace yourself for certain days in marriage where you and your spouse both love each other and really don’t have anything against each other, but it’s like there’s some demon of communication in between who takes everything you want to say and makes it sound unloving. So you spend the day feeling like your spouse is mad at you, and you’re mad at yourself because you know they feel the same way.)

Anyways… one of those kinds of days, and I got a call with a job offer! I would never put my salary on my blog, but to give you an idea of how God dreams differently, I’ll put it this way: I’m up for another raise at work right now. The raise I’m getting by taking this job is 5 times as much as the raise I would get by staying. Plus the benefits are a little better, and I’ll get a little more time off.

On top of that, the new company has already worked with me to help me line up some time off to go with our youth group to Chimney Rock for a long weekend, and also to take a week off when our little peanut is born.

So, where will I be working?

Gilbarco Veeder Root headquarters in Greensboro, NC

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Dear Dad,

Dad,

I thought a lot about what would be a neat gift to get you this Father’s Day, and I realized that more than anything, I wanted to write you this letter. I’ve been meaning to write it for a while, and Father’s day gives me a good, hard deadline.

First off, I want to share a story with you:

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Ouch!

This is what the pump said last time I visited...

I took this on Friday. I had to fill up again on Monday. And I drive a stinking Camry!

I’m taking donations…

The ‘fro is no more

I’ve been growing my hair out for like 5 months.

I had visions of letting it getting to serious ‘fro proportions, but for the last couple of weeks it’s been long enough to feel kind of silly when I’m at work, and I didn’t want to spring for a haircut to get into shape, so…

Bye Bye ‘Fro :0(

Our Lobby On Sunday Morning

This is our church lobby this past Sunday morning. I started recording about 30 minutes before service, and stopped about 20 minutes after.

Notice a couple of things:

  • There is a ton of activity after 10:00, when service starts.
  • The fans look like they could cut through steel.
  • Larry works very hard to make sure every person who walks through the door is greeted :0)

What else do you notice?

Get on the blogroll

Hey folks! I was thinking it would be fun to perform a little experiment.

I’ve been doing this blog thing for a couple of years now, and I think I learned a little bit about how traffic works. I know that all I have to do is mention specific political figures or religious leaders, and my blog traffic will go through the roof, but it’s not from people who care about what I’m writing, they just either want to tell me I’m right or wrong for liking a guy, or not liking a guy.

I also found that I can mention things that are hot in the news, and all the little news spiders will find my blog and make it look like my traffic is doing really good.

But when I write about real things, or just everyday life, I don’t see much traffic.

I do, however, know this: On an average day, about 100 folks will make it to this domain, and a handful of others will read via some sort of RSS feed (read about RSS here).

Out of those, about 40% always go to this post, because apparently there isn’t much known about Bell’s Palsey, so people google it and find our posts about Steph’s experience with it.

So here’s the experiment:

I want to know about the remaining 60-or-so people who look at this page on a regular basis. And I want to get those people, specifically, on the blogroll, so that it serves the purpose of a fun social network, instead of a list of awesome ministries and resources, which is about all it is now.

So if that’s you, please leave a comment and let me know, and if you have a blog or a website, I want to link to it, so let me know and I’ll add you to the blogroll.

Also, if you use Twitter, let me know so I can ‘follow’ you. (If you don’t know what Twitter is, read this post — and don’t think it’s only for technology geeks!) When we get a little bit of a community built up, I’ll put an RSS feed with everybody’s updates on the side of this page! And if you don’t use Twitter, then you need to because it’s fun and seriously addictive.

Sound cool?

My Dad Caught The Fish of a Lifetime!

My dad caught this beast of a catfish (about 40 pounds) on 10-pound test in a little pond!

You can see all the photos here