Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tink vs. Darth

One of my favorite photos from this Christmas. Just check out the serious attitude.

And check out the deadly hip move...

As you can see Brianna couldn't resist poking her head into the photo.

To add a little spice to it... and an excuse to play with PhotoShop here is version 2 (no commenting on the quality of the Photoshop work... it was a bit of a rush job since I've been at the computer for a couple hours)

As I did this Brianna complained that I was jacking her out of the shot.

2006 Movie Recap

Of the movies I saw this year...

  • Funniest Movie: Talledega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Worst Movie: Tie between Miami Vice and My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  • Most Forgetable Movie: Uh, what was that name... starring that guy...
  • Movie I am most glad I didn't see: Larry the Cable Guy - Health Inspector
  • Biggest Disappointment: Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest
  • Best Cartoon Movie: Over the Hedge
  • Best Movie: X-Men III
  • Honorable Mention: United 93

Here's to the sweet movies of 2007! Bring 'em on!!!


This weekend I am reading Act of Treason by Vince Flynn.

I can't believe I've waited this long to pick it up. It was a true test of patience.

As my brother in-law describes Flynn books "his books are like candy.. oh so sweet, but gone too fast".

Soon as I am done I've got Crichton's Next in the wings and Patterson's Cross. I think Mr. McClaren will sit for a bit.

What are you reading?

Da Plane...

Last month I took my kids and my father in-law to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. This place is great. There is a lot of history to be seen.

Here are a few of my favorite photos.

Friday, December 29, 2006



Hu... Wha...

Oh, Hi!

Yeah, I'm still here.

Nothing to post yet.

Let me get back to my............. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Get Along!!!

In the immortal words of Rodney King "Can't we all just get along?"

Believe it or not, I don't agree with everyone. As a matter of fact I don't agree with many people on many things. I don't always agree with my friends on issues. I don't always agree with my church on some issues. There might be something that I don't agree with my wife on (don't tell her I said that).

However, just because I may not agree with somebody on something doesn't mean I don't like them. There is an old friend of mine in San Diego whom I disagree with on many many issues. At one time I referred to her as my only socialist friend. Despite the fact that we did not agree on many issues we still were friends.

If I had to agree with somebody on everything to be their friend I would be a very lonely person. Agree to disagree and move on. Nobody is always right and everyone is often wrong.

One other thing, on many issues there isn't always a right and a wrong, it isn't always black and white. Some issues lend for opinions one way or the other, this way or that way. I can have an opinion about something and a friend may have an opinion that swings far off of where mine does. For example, I hate the movie "It's A Wonderful Life". Hate it. Don't ever want to see it again. I know that there are people who love it. Fine. Love it, and let me hate it. I don't think these people are wrong, I just think that their opinion about that crappy movie is different than mine and they have poor taste in movies *wink*. We differ in opinion, that is all. We can still be friends.

If we let our differences divide us how are we to ever change anything? If we don't open up and allow discussion on the things we disagree on how are we to ever learn about our differences?

If you ever disagree with me on something, say so. Let's talk. We'll go for coffee or something and chat about it. We'll have good discussion, learn something about each other, and be friends. I won't hate you or dislike you if we don't agree on something. It'll just be a chance to agree to disagree. Simple as that.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Kids & Candy

Last night our small group visited a childrens center to play with the kids and make Gingerbread Houses. We had a blast. The truth is they were Graham Cracker Houses, but I figured you'd better understand what we were making by calling them... ah nevermind, you get it.

I sat at a table with four kids; Bree, Greg, Devon, and Annie from Albania. She was really from Albania and quite the comedianne. She reminded me of a young, female Mr. Bean. Bree was a twin who's sister lived in Bandon. Greg and Devon were all boy. Next to eating the candy construction was priority. They all did great.

The kids had a blast. Especially after I told them they could eat as they created. Let's just say more made it to the mouth than the house. Annie kept feeding candy to Bree. I felt sorry for the leaders who got to take the kids after we were done. Sugar highs to the max.

I reserved my creative skills to assist the girls with the engineering side of the creation. In other words I helped keep the walls up. By the end of the evening the kids were hyped up and happy and the adults were pleased to see the smiles on the faces of satisfied children.

I want to give a shout out the the workers who do this 24/7. Major Blessing to all of you. Thank you for letting us come in and share for a while.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zombie Christmas

Somebody took one of last years wonderful Holiday meme's and added some animation to it.

Listen at you own risk... this guy gives it up.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Merry Christmas!

'Tis the season to be jolly

Fa La La La La La La La La

Okay who checked the La count? I know someone did.

This year I am struggling to hold onto any semblance of a Christmas Spirit. I don't know all the reasons. I just not spirity this year. So far this season my favorite thing has been our family Christmas card. Although my wife will say I was a little Scroogy during its creation, I would say I was misunderstood. Next time she can try to take the picture while the kids are playing around.

Here is the 2006 Bonham Christmas Card in all its glory:

I have no doubt that this weekend when we are hanging with family doing what we do I will gain an enormous amount of Spirit. It is my favorite thing about this time of year. Kath and fam we will miss not having you here. Love you guys.

I'll keep you posted on the Spirit meter. No doubt the week will bring more opportunity for Joy.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Being Critical

I don't always know what to say about the movies I see. I am not a good critic, or good at telling you about the movie. So I am leaving it to others.

I am adding a link to Faith and Film Critics Circle on the right. This is a collection of critiques from a Christian perspective. Don't jump to conclusions and think they'll hate anything not rated G. They take a good look at all aspects of the movie as a decent critic would. They happen to add a Christian world view twist to it.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bond, James Bond

There could be no other title for this post. Except maybe, "Shaken Not Stirred".

Last night a friend and I went to see the new Bond movie Casino Royale. Loved it! I have been a fan of the Bond series as long as I can remember. Sean Connery has always been my favorite. I do have to say that this new guy will give Sean a run for the money. He was cool.

The second scene in the movie is one of the coolest on foot chase scenes I have ever seen in a movie. The stunt men in this movie need to win some kind of award for that scene.

What this movie does for the Bond series is what Batman Begins did for the Batman series. It gives hope to the fans for better movies in the future (The Dark Night, 2008). The Batman series although half decent was a little to campy (although considerable less than the original TV series) to be taken seriously. Batman Begins looses 95% of this campiness. Casino Royale does the same.

This new Bond is edgier and tougher than the past Bonds. He is more like the character in the novels. This Bond gets hit, takes falls, makes mistakes, and is all around tough about it. The sensitive, humorous, witty Bond has been replaced with a new improved tough as nails, decisive, risky, manly Bond.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Jungle

First of all I need to thank Kev for the sweet tix. Thanks Kev. The show was sweet.

Last night I got to take a fellow rocker friend to see Guns N' Roses at the Rose Garden. Yes, GNR. Really it was Axl Rose with a whole new band but the songs were the same and they are calling themselves Guns N' Roses so it is what it is. We were sitting in the luxury boxes which was extra cool.

Helmet was the first band to start the show followed by Sebastian Bach (of Skid Row fame). They both rocked. I wasn't too familiar with Helmets songs but I knew most of Bach's. The place went crazy for him. One odd note was that his guitarist looked like a resurrected Dimebag Darrell.

GNR opened with Welcome to the Jungle. Of course. The lights, the video, and the fireworks all added to the fun. The musicians were awesome. One guy blew me away at the end with a guitar solo on a fretless guitar. Fretless I Said! That dude had skilz. The guitar solo's were plentiful. Axl's voice held up as well as could be expected for a guy who's been elsewhere for about 10 years. Welcome back buddy, you did awesome. Even his dancing (if you can call it that) was the same as it was in the glory days of Appetite.

I am too tired to really write a decent post about this. I didn't get home until almost 3am and was up early to go to work. It was hard enough to get up after drinking water and eating chips so I can't imagine what the guys in front of me were like after the constant flow of beer they had. At $6 a pop I can't imagine what their bill was.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Do you have an accent?

When I was in Australia a few months ago I was told that I have an accent. I speak to people all over the world everyday, believe me I don't have one, they do. Especially here in America, I am without accent.

Check it out:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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