Wednesday, August 30, 2006
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!
1:20 pm edt
Wow. Where did I leave off? Oh yes ...
Monday and Tuesday
of last week were jam-packed with office-type work, because I would be out of town on Wednesday and Thursday. Sermon,
bulletin stuff, propers, etc., all were completed in those two days. Whew!
Wednesday and Thursday were my first
ever two days in a row in the studio. We spent both days working on the "Where Is the Love?" mix. What a challenge!
This song has turned into one of the most difficult challenges of the project -- something I never expected. The session
players struggled with it, and it was hard to sing. There are a TON of words in this song! Plus, I sang
it very raw, drawing on the energy aspect of the song, not being terribly concerned with accuracy. Now, while that gives
the performance the edge it needs (I think), it presents a challenge for the mix, in that all of the inaccuracies need to
be cleaned up. So, after two days, we ended up with a pretty decent mix, but more work is needed to make it all it should
be. We still have to have our brain-storming session once we whip what is currently there into shape.
I met again with RF to consider stewardship stuff. I have some reading to do -- homework. ;)
Saturday was the
dedication of the new school building. That was fun. Good to fellowship with friends Richard and Barbara, as well
as church folk.
Monday was sermon, etc., day again. Tuesday I prepared my epistle for the newsletter. The
rest of the day was filled with medical stuff: T@2 with LS, CC, and HoH with K. Then I stopped in to JC for some acting
Today I'm finishing up preparations for the newsletter, which will be completed later in the week by Jean &
So ... back to work!
Monday, August 21, 2006
WHAT A WEEK
9:24 am edt
What a week this has been! Had a recording session on Monday.
Greg rode down and spent his last day living in Detroit with me. We went to Coney Island downtown Fort Wayne.
I've been telling him about the difference between a real Coney Dog and the chili dogs they try to pass off for coney's here
in Detroit. Chet had never been there either, so the three of us went down and had a great lunch.
Back at the
studio we started the vocal session for "Where Is the Love?" Justin and I had finished mixing "Puzzle Master"
in the morning, and it was time to sing. Danny K. stopped in later and we all had great fun. My voice felt really
good, so with Chris at the consol, we finished all the vocals before wrapping for the day.
Tuesday was a big day for
study and writing. I finished Sunday's sermon and a number of other items. Thrown into this mix was a quick stop
by Greg and Robin's condo to see the finished work and to say goodbye. Then a visit to HoH with V. Badly needed!
In the afternoon I had my T@2, which was also badly needed. Then it was CC for an adjustment. Somehow I'll get this
neck back in shape!
Wednesday was all day at the office. Jean and kids came to work, as usual, which is always
enjoyable. Well ... almost always. ;) Later T.M. stopped by with her two girls. We all ordered pizza and
had a good time visiting.
Thursday was back at the studio. Added a little embellishment to "Where Is the
Love?" Then we did keyboards. Chet played some absolutely AWESOME organ stuff! Just wait 'til you hear it!!
Wow! Lunch with Patrick, and then back to work on the WITL mix. Got a lot of work done on it before wrapping.
I spent most of the day at the office. Met with R.F. to discuss a stewardship strategy. Very informative and encouraging.
After work I went to see Talladega Nights. Ick. Don't go! A few good laughs, but overall ... yuck!
I spent mostly at home resting and puttering around the house. I did get out in the evening to see Barnyard. A
little too much bathroom humor for my taste, and a subtle social agenda. Also, it seems an awful lot like "The Lion
King goes rural America." But it has some good moments.
Sunday was church in the morning, of course, followed
by a Continental Breakfast provided by Melvin Smith of Old Redford Academy. He's trying to appease us for the wreck
he's made of our Summer. It won't work. A muffin and cinnamon roll ain't gonna do it for me. Now, gimme
a steak-and-eggs and we can talk! ;) Seriously, I'll be extremely glad to have the construction next door overwith.
is sermon day, etc. So, I guess I'd better get to it. God's peace ...
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
FAREWELL TO FRIENDS
1:00 pm edt
Well, the day has finally come. Yesterday, Greg and I chatted
for a bit in the morning before he had to go to his condo and meet the carpet cleaners. On my way to an appointment,
I stopped to look at his condo, and it looks fantastic! I hope and pray it sells soon so that he and Robin can be out
from under that burden as they begin their new life in Grand Rapids. They have been wonderful friends for me.
So much so that it is difficult to tell them in person, for fear of tears. Greg, you and Robin made a difference
in my life when I needed it most. God truly sent you to me, knowing that I would need someone to draw me out of my shell
and help bring me back to life. I already miss you both ... Trixie too. God bless you in your new endeavors and
let's look forward to visiting with each other soon.
The photo above was taken at the Kruse Museum in Auburn, Indiana.
They have lots of cool and historic vehicles there. As you might be able to tell from the poster in the foreground --
if not by the vehicle itself -- this was the van used by the A-Team in the popular television series starring George Pappard
and Mr. T.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2006
7:59 am edt
Here's a little synopsis of this year's
VBS at our church:
Our Vacation Bible School this year has followed an afternoon schedule, Monday, August 7 through
Friday, August 11.
Our theme has been: Set Sail!
Daily themes have been:
Monday: Jesus Saves: Jesus saves God's crew members from their sins.
Tuesday: God's Will
Guides Joseph: God guides his crew members With His Word.
Wednesday: Many People Build God's House: God's crew members use their different talents as they work
Thursday: Peter and Tabitha: God's crew Members send messages to others through their words and actions.
Friday: A Captain Shows His Faith: God's crew members show their Faith by trusting Jesus for everything.
Our daily schedule has been:
12:45- 1:30 Lesson
1:30- 2:30 Music, Craft, Recess
2:30- 2:45 Snack
3:15 Craft Pt. 2
3:15- 3:30 Closing
On Wednesday evening we had a special Family Night, which included a Barbecue Dinner and a special presentation
by Pr. Rodney Zwonitzer, representing Ephphatha Lutheran Ministry to the Deaf.
Our concluding service will be held
at 9:30 AM this coming Sunday, August 13. The children are invited to share their theme hymn for the week. At
11:00 AM, we will enjoy an ice cream social.
Every child has received a tee shirt with the VBS logo on the front and
the church name on the back.
Monday, August 7, 2006
1:32 pm edt
This is it. Not a photo of my actual car, but this is the model and color.
I like it a lot. More photos to come later, and I'll include some specs then as well.
VBS this week. Very busy, of
course. But in the end, we hope and pray that God will reach the hearts and minds of these young people as we present
His Truth to them in word and deed.
Saturday, August 5, 2006
LAZY, HAZY DAYZ? NOT!!
9:06 am edt
Okay, the "hazy" part works, but ...
Between helping my buddy Greg
prep his condo to sell, preparing for Vacation Bible School, and recording sessions at home and in Fort Wayne ... I'm pooped!
mind you, it's a "good" kind of tired, but I'm tired nonetheless.
Oh ... and I bought a new car. But I'll
tell you about that later.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
4:10 pm edt
A high of 97 yesterday gave way to a high of 99 today here in Metro Detroit.
Thankfully, the humidity is only in the mid 50s, but, still, the heat is absolutely oppressive. The high for tomorrow
is expected to be 92, but Thursday we're supposed to get a break ... finally! ... expected high is only 76.
Greg has been with me this week, as he's working on preparing his condo to sell. I've helped him out a bit and will
continue to do so tomorrow and the rest of the week.
The neck is much improved, yet still uncomfortable. CC today
with Dr. Snyder. A lot of movement -- thank God!
Looking very much forward to seeing the Marshall clan
here in just about an hour. We're going to go swimming and have pizza. A perfect day to spend time in the pool!