Big Girls Don’t Cry

Have you noticed how often guys tweet/blog/talk about how they recently cried about something? This post is the exact same thing, but the opposite.

Last night I posed a random question to some friends while we ate dinner. I jokingly told them that this question was a gauge of the depth of their spiritual life:

“Did you cry when you watched “The Passion of the Christ” for the first time?”

There were 3 women and 2 men (including me) in the conversation, and I was the only one to say that I didn’t cry.

I remember sitting in the crowd at the movie theater and realizing that I might be the only one not crying. There was a symphony of sniffing and snorting going on, but not in my seat. I loved the movie, and felt a deep appreciation for the sacrifice of Christ, but I didn’t want to cry! Maybe it was because I knew how the story would end.

What a spiritual zero, right?! It probably didn’t help when I laughed/snorted a little after seeing Jim Caviezel’s butt in the final scene. No, YOU grow up.

I don’t cry much, but it happens:

  • I’ll get choked up while preaching sometimes… especially with my students.
  • THIS EPISODE of “16 and Pregnant” got me to cry. Not as much as my wife who was sitting next to me, but it broke me down. Yep, an MTV show got me to cry but not The Passion of the Christ. *Disclaimer: I love Jesus more than MTV. I don’t even have cable any more.
  • I remember crying in one of the Star Wars movies when I was a kid… I think it was when the Ewoks had to leave, or one of them died… either way I remember my older brother catching me crying and making me feel like a little sister. *Disclaimer: I don’t have baggage that effects my ability to cry.
  • I cried like a big girl when my wife was walking down the aisle at our wedding.

So… did YOU cry at The Passion of the Christ?

If not, what gets you choked up?


No More Cable

Last week I posted a question on Twitter & Facebook asking if anyone had bought a Roku or Apple TV player. I got all sorts of feedback, and it didn’t take long before I was at Fry’s Electronics buying a Roku. They were the only location in town that carried their XD|S version.

I called my cable company and told them I wanted an Internet-only option. They tried to offer me all sorts of discount to keep my cable and phone, but I was persistent and talked them down to $55 a month for high-speed Internet. That’s $116 less per month than I was paying!

The Roku has channels that provide us with plenty to watch. We have a Netflix account and a Hulu Plus account, so we’re able to see all of the shows that we watched (just a day later when they’re online).

I’ll miss live sports, but I’ll use for some of that. I’ll probably buy the NBA Game Time feature and get 40+ live games a week.

I’ll miss CNN, but I can always use their website too.

I’ve got Pandora playing right now, which is a nice break from the TV.

My router died today, after about 8 years of use, so I went and bought a new Netgear router that’s even faster than my last one.

So I’m done with cable, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I can think of 500 better things to do with $116 every month, and I don’t feel like I’m missing much.

You can find some more great info about making the switch away from cable HERE and HERE.

Concert at Mission Church!

I’ve NEVER put a concert together in my life, so I figured I’d put together a ridiculously good one to kick off my concert-planning career.

Sleeping at Last is on tour with a guy named Jeremy Larson, and they’re coming to Mission on April 23rd! S.A.L has been one of my favorite groups for the past few years… there’s just nobody like them. And then to top it off they’re bringing Jeremy Larson, who I instantly liked once hearing his music for the first time on his website.

And THEN, last but certainly not least… Trevor Davis will be joining the show too! He’s a ridiculously talented musician, and he’s an absolutely brilliant performer. The dude’s dancing ability makes Michael Jackson look like, well, ME.

Here are a few of their videos. If you’re interested in tickets and all that, I haven’t nailed that down yet. $10 is all I know. Oh, and it’ll be the best night of your life.

Digging deep… into my thigh.

I’m on vacation, so today I went and got a one-hour massage at Massage Envy. I’ve had quite a few massages in the past, but it’s been about a year. And it’s been a rough year for my body. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor at least once a week to fix my hips, back, legs, and everything else that is messed up for no reason whatsoever.

Every time I get a massage I always get the same line. They start to work out the knots and abnormalities and they always say something like, “Whoa, that’s weird. How long has it been like this?” or maybe “So when did you dislocate your shoulder?” which was never. I feel like a freak every time I get worked on. Kinda like this…

Today I decided that I really wanted them to give me my money’s worth, so I checked a box that I’ve never checked before:


I’m sitting here, a few hours later, and I am EXHAUSTED. I got beat down by the massage therapist Greg. Don’t let anyone tell you that dudes that work at massage place are wimps. That dude was a ninja. He hit something in my leg, the flux capacitor or something, and I jumped like a shark in a row boat.

I squirmed and squealed for most of it. Honestly, I really didn’t enjoy it, in fact I hated it…  but I knew I needed it. A Swedish massage would have been shooting a squirt gun at a forest fire.

Have you endured this “deep tissue” punishment before?

Oh, and one more question…

Do you prefer to get a massage from the same sex or the opposite?

Can you hear this?

Yanked this one from Brian Wurzell’s blog. We discovered that my wife has supersonic hearing. Can you hear this?? Turn your volume way up… and if you have an iPhone go get this app and try it out.

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