Thursday, April 16, 2009

Taco Night

Tonight is taco night on the Porch and I am pumped! Just thought I'd let you know.

Any food that gets you excited?
Photo CC: Boston Herald

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Easter Egg...

Since it is Easter, I thought I should talk about my egg envy. Not the eggs that the bunny (seriously?) leaves in your yard or even the kind that you eat (not me - yuck!). I am talking about the greatest invention of all time. The. Big. Green. Egg.

I want one.

That is all.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Porch

In case you are interested - Back Porch Confessions is back. With a new sleek design even! Come join the conversation - which is usually more thought provoking than what goes on here. Hope to see you over at 'The Porch.'

Friday, April 10, 2009

Question

Are you mortgaging your children's future because 0f all the "rights" you have as an American?

ie. "right" to a $4 coffee, "right" to a new pair of shoes (even though you don't need them), "right" to an iPhone, the right to go out to dinner, etc., etc. - even though we can't afford to do any or all of these things as much as we do...

Thanks to Perry Noble for kicking me in the gut with this thought...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thumbs Up!

Apparently Amy and my thumbs are pretty green...I'm just saying.

Tomato from our Garden.

The one on the left (the small one!) is store bought.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

This Makes Me Want To Get Married Again

This people are my new heros.

Friday, February 13, 2009

This Place is Death

here are some great reviews that I have found for the latest episode of LOST. Have a look and share your thoughts in the comments.

1. Doc Jensen's Recap at EW
2. The Lost Blog
3. Oh Amanda's Recap at the Disney Blog

Make sure and take a look at the comments in these blogs...lots of good theories/observations.

For great HD Screencaps check out Lost Easter Eggs.

Namasate!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

I'm Going to Dis.....Universal!!!

It's the Super Bowl Commercial that keeps on giving!





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Thursday, February 5, 2009

LOST - The Little Prince

First the Questions:

Ajira Airlines makes its first appearance of the season on the water bottle found in the outrigger – so is this how the O6 get back to the island and was that them on the outrigger chasing the ones left behind? If not, who was on the outrigger?

What happened to the rest of the Losties that were 'transported'? IE Rose and Bernard?


Now my thoughts and those found from around the interweb:

* Faraday and Penny are brother and sister. Parents are Charles Widmore and Eloise (Elle) Hawkings

* Name on side of Carpet Van that Ben is ridding around in is – Canton-Rainier = Reincarnation
(HT: www.getlostpodcastmedia.com)

(HT: The Lost Blog recap and commenters for the following information)

* Danny Faraday theorizes that the longer someone's been on the island, the more susceptible they are to this "deadly jet lag." Interestingly, Miles believes he's only been on the island for a couple weeks, but Faraday questions that assumption. It would appear -- unbeknownst to them, perhaps -- that Charlotte and Miles have some sort of past experience on the island (is Miles the scion of Dr. Pierre Chang?).

* Carole Littleton (Claire's mom) wasn't there for a settlement with Oceanic. Jack just told Kate so they could go quickly.

*When else have we seen Jin afloat on a piece of wreckage. After the others blew up the raft he was on, right? So maybe THAT Jin, the Frenchies, and the island's little time fluxes have conspired to bring about this meeting. We never did see how Jin made it to the island after the raft was destroyed - our point of view stayed with Sawyer and Michael. Then when they beached, a bound Jin runs out screaming "OTHERS"!
Guess only time will tell if this is Jin1 or Jin2.

* Maybe the mysterious disease that Danielle feared catching and killed all her comrades because of was TIME DISPLACEMENT disease.
And maybe Danielle's expedition was not in 1986 as we had supposed but in 2004 or 2005, and then she and the other Frenchies were thrown back to 1986 and she lived from there until the Losties showed up in 2004 and never realized that she had travelled back in time because she never thought to compare dates with the Losties

* The island itself got "moved" through time, as well as space. The O6 in the chopper saw it "seem to disappear" like the rabbits in the Orchid film.

* John Locke's 'Death' is just medusa spider'ed and maybe so was Christian Shepherd when 815 left Sidney.

* This episode all but confirmed that those instances of whispering will turn out to be time travelers. It just seems so plausible!

* I don't think it's coincidence - or even a narrative device - that Locke happened to see the Nigerian plane crash or that Jin washed up at the same time the French arrived on the Island. I believe it's likely that the time shifts are opening brief rifts into the Island (which would otherwise be hidden even from God). These rifts are like open windows that enable outsiders to stumble upon the Island. Yemi's plane, Rousseau's vessel for certain.. probably the Black Rock, and maybe even Desmond's sailboat.

* Maybe Richard Alpert is Jacob (ie Locke = Bentham). RA can't have direct contact with himself, so he needs a "leader" to speak with Jacob/future RA.

* Rousseau's ship was named BĂ©sixdouze, which translates to "B six twelve." And B612 just happens to be the name of the home asteroid once inhabited by The Little Prince.


So, what did you think? Catch anything new? Share!

Please Pray for my Nephew and Sister-in-Law

[UPDATE] Baby was born @ 10:30 last night! Mom and baby are doing great! Thanks for all the prayers!!!

If you don't mind - please take a moment to pray for my soon to be new nephew and my sister-in-law. She has a health problem that causes complications with childbirth to the extent that her organs start shutting down. She went into the hospital this morning and they are trying to get her stabilized so that she can have the baby and take care of her. Please pray for her health and the baby. Also please pray for her husband, my brother-in-law, as well.

Here is the latest update from the Hospital:
My sister-in-law is in good shape right now, but they need to get the baby out today in order to avoid her having serious complications. She's on a magnesium drip which makes her feel miserable, and also on pitocin to speed up the labor. So please pray that the doctor is able to manage her levels and she is able to deliver the baby without complications! Thank you!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

LOST - Live Blog/Chat Tonight!

We are live blogging/chatting tonight during LOST - 8:45 over at Eric's Blog. Come join us - we've got it all figured out...

Photo CC: Lost Easter Eggs

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bye-Bye, Miss American Pie...


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of rock legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. 50 years later the music is not dead but lives on... read more here.

Photo CC: The Daily Iowan

Saturday, January 31, 2009

LOST - Jughead - UPDATE

[UPDATE]
One great thing I've read is that Ellie - the girl with the gun on the Island is Eloise Hawking - who is also Faraday's mom! That is why she looked familiar to him. BAM! (side note - Eloise was also the name of Daniel's lab rat)

Last nights episode Rocked! One of the best yet!


A few good points I've picked up so far:

From the Lost Blog:

OK, now we've got at least one object that appears out of thin air. The compass. Locke hands it to Alpert in 1954. Alpert takes it along with him in, oh, 1964 when he visits the young Locke. Alpert gives it to Locke in, oh 2000(?) when he treats Locke's leg wound. Locke carries it back to 1954 where he gives it to Alpert, completing the circle. This compass was never manufactured and has no existence prior to 1954 or after the 2000(?) meeting. Can you see why I maintain the whole island may have a similar origin and fate?
Posted by: Cecil Rose

Egyptian leaders often came to power by killing their parent(s): Ben killed his father, and Locke (through Sawyer) killed his father.

When Ben told Jack to go home and pack belongings he wanted because he was never coming back. The Egyptian ritual was to bury possessions with the deceased to be used in the afterlife.
Posted by: welh

Remember Locke's dream? Theresa falls up the stairs/Theresa falls down the stairs? Like time going back and forth? Maybe she did not die but just incapacitated. Did Teresa's sister say sometimes she is here? and sometimes she is not? Time traveling in her mind? Could there be a connection there?
Posted by: berkyo


I'll be back with my thoughts soon.

What did you think of last nights episode?
BTW - we are live blogging during LOST each week over at Eric's blog - come join the conversation!


Friday, January 30, 2009

Head in the Clouds


Cool picture...it has to be doctored - but Go Gators none the less.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tim Tebow Meet Tim Treebow

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you TIM TREEBOW:



Photo CC: Doug Finger

FREE Chick-Fil-A!

Yes you read that right! Chick-Fil-A (at least the Sofla ones) is giving away free breakfast food every weekday during the month of February! Here are the participating Sofla locations:

1341 North University Drive, Coral Springs
9409 West Atlantic Boulevard, Coral Springs
3211 Southwest 160th Avenue, Miramar
8190 West Commercial Boulevard, Lauderhill
11401 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines
12600 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise
8000 West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
7501 North Kendall Drive, Miami
3995 Northwest 107th Avenue, Doral

You will have to check with your local Chick-Fil-A to see if they are participating. But if you are in Sofla (sorry Cool Dad) - enjoy free food!

HT: Sun-Sentinal

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Roll Call!

I have 121 blogs that I follow in my bloglines. They cover a range of topics - like - you (you're welcome), Disney & Pixar info, LOST info, General News, Finances, Government, & Gators.

What type of blogs are you reading? Know of any that I should be reading?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's Back to Work We Go...


Back to the grind...

Anybody do anything fun or interesting this weekend?

If so, do tell!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tebow = Hit Magnet!

Turns out my post last week about Tebow drove a lot of traffic to this here little blog...something like 120 views. Funny thing is there were only 6 comments.... That is like a 4.23% response rate. We can do better than that can't we?! I'm not begging for comments here (well I guess I kinda am) but if you wouldn't mind leaving a comment to let me know you've been here - well, that would be just great.

Don't feel you have anything "worthwhile" to say - then just say "hi."

Think Tebow is overrated? We want to hear about it! I mean we'll block all of your following comments, but we still want to hear about it.

This blog is all about building community - so let us know you stoped by. We'll leave the light on for you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Destiny Calls - The Return of LOST

My Initial thoughts, theories, & questions from Last night's 2 hr season premier:

Thoughts:

Wow! I love this show! The "time hopping" or "movements" were awesome. I can't wait to see how this plays out. How long will these "movements" last? Looks like Daniel's been hoping around the island a long time and that Desmond is the key to the whole puzzle!


Theories:

Ms. Hawking is Daniel Faraday's Mom - who Daniel told Desmond to go and find during one of the "movements" of the Losties through time on the Island.

Questions:

What was that box that Ben got out of the a/c vent in the hotel room?

Since Charlotte's nose starting bleeding - does this mean she is going to die - just like Minkowski? Or will Daniel help her find her constant?

Was that Christian Shephard behind the camera filming the Dharma video?


That is all I got! I am sure I will think of more so check back for updates over the next few days!

How about you? Thoughts, theories, or questions?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change?

Question.


Is change a movement? or

Can change be a movement?


Why or why not?

A Must Read

If you have not seen this story yet - you must go read it now.

There are some games in which cheering for the other side feels better than winning.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

2008 in Review

This is too funny...

Fasting

I guess you can't really call what I did fasting. Maybe Breakfasting...You see, I simply forgot to eat breakfast this morning. There was no deep spiritual backing behind it - just me busying myself to the point of not eating.

Do you ever do this? Hit the ground running - only to realize by lunch time that you never ate breakfast?

Sorry, stomach is growling..gotta go.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Open Table

Donald Miller has a new project called The Open Table that he is getting ready to launch and it sounds pretty interesting. Here is the description from the site:

The Open Table: An Invitation to Know God is simply that – an open invitation for discussion about some of life’s greatest questions: what is Christianity, who is Jesus, and how should this affect our lives? Donald Miller, author of best-selling books Blue Like Jazz & Searching for God Knows What, invites you to join him in a conversation infused with humor, truth, history, and above all, honesty. Whether you have never opened a Bible or if you grew up reciting the Lord’s Prayer, the table is open to you.


Jump on over to the site and have a look. Then come back here and answer the question:

Would you be interested in a group like this if there were one in your area?

I Feel the Need...the Need for Tweed!


Last night's episode of the office was one of the best this season. A return to the molding of the first 2 seasons. Funny, akward, yet full of heart. Michael trying to explain himself through a free flowing sentence was classic. As was the 'duel' between Dwight and Andy for Angela's heart. If you missed it - shame on you! But you can redeem yourself and watch it here.

Photo CC: innergeekdom

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tebow Skips Senior Season, Ascends Directly Into Heaven

Tebow Skips Senior Season, Ascends Directly Into Heaven

MIAMI (SP) -- Shortly after leading the Florida Gators to a national championship with a 24-14 win over Oklahoma, junior quarterback Tim Tebow announced that he would skip his senior season and ascend directly into heaven.

Tebow entered the press room to wild applause. A reporter for a 24- hour cable sports network burst into tears when the 2007 Heisman winner entered the room. Another threw a pair of boxer shorts on the podium. Tebow smiled at the gesture and several sports reporters fainted.

"Sorry I'm late," Tebow began. "There was a six-year-old boy with cancer in row 54 and I had to make my way through the crowd to heal him."

"I want to start by saying that playing quarterback for the University of Florida, winning two national championships, has been a great honor. There has been some speculation about my future and I want to clear that up right now," he continued.

"Don't go, Tim!" a reporter shouted from the back of the room.

"After much consideration, I have decided to skip my senior season at the University of Florida and ascend directly into Heaven," Tebow announced. Upon making the announcement, Tebow was bathed in a blinding white light and vanished.

In response to the news, ESPN announced they will have a month-long tribute to Tebow. ESPN2 will now be known as ESPN-TEBOW and will feature Tebow highlights, including home videos of Tebow's childhood, re-airings of past interviews, Tebow-centric analysis by ESPN air personalities, a Tebow quiz show and a reality show to find the "most Tebow-like" person in America.

"He wasn't just the greatest player in college football history," said a college football writer at the press conference, tears streaming down his face. "He might have been the greatest person to ever walk on earth."

*Sent to me by an Oklahoma Sooner fan

Sunday, January 11, 2009

FYI

FYI - Correct your bookmarks, RSS, etc, etc...

www.mattmwright.com is dead

http://mattmwright.blogspot.com is where it's at - so make the change and let's party like it's 1999!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Not Dead

Don't worry I am not dead! Just been real busy. But now that the holidays are over - I hope to get back to the both of you soon.

Until then. Go Gators!


Photo CC BRIAN W. KRATZER/The Gainesville Sun