Wednesday, March 25, 2009

So I finally decided to get a new computer. I spend a lot of time on and they posted a deal on a Dell Mini 9. They were $180 for the basic Mini with Ubuntu Linux installed. I decided that I needed a few extras installed. I chose the 16 GB hard drive instead of the 8 GB for a very specific reason I'll get to later. I also went with the integrated 1.3 MP webcam so Sarah and I can chat while I'm on the road. I also had Bluetooth installed so I can use a Bluetooth mouse without having to use a usb dongle.

Now on to the good stuff. Ever since Apple switched to Intel processors people have been putting OS X on formerly windows computers. Apparently the Mini 9 is the best netbook for doing this. Everything works right out of the box. You just install OS X and the webcam works, wifi works, the microphone works. Everything just works. I've never really messed around with OS X but I'm seriously considering doing this. The reason for the 16GB is because OS X just barely fits on and 8GB so if I ever decide to do this it'll be much easier.

If I decide not to put OS X on it I have a copy of Windows XP floating around that I will use instead. It will take around 3 weeks to get my netbook. Hopefully it gets here before I go to GMA and California.

I got in trouble for not mentioning that this is my birthday present. Thanks a bunch Sarah. I love you!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Visiting Stonebridge

Sarah and I are involved with a church plant in Boiling Springs called Threshold. Over the next few months we'll be visiting other plants to see what they're doing and ask them some questions. I'm going to be blogging some of my impressions of the churches we visit. The first church we visited was Stonebridge in Powdersville. The church is one year old.

The greeters met as we got out of the car and told us exactly where to take the kids to get them checked in. After we checked them in there was some confusion about the quickest way to get to the auditorium. I asked one of the greeters and he directed us there.

They seemed to have a simple system for checking in the kids. You told them his/her name and they gave you a name tag for him. When you checked them out you signed a form next to his/her name. They never asked if he was allergic to anything or if he was potty training. Not a big deal unless your child is allergic to something.

I know that ALOT of churches are this same way but how did they know that I was Henry's father. Could someone else have come and signed him out? You could give the parent a tag with a number on it that the parent has to give. An easier way would probably be to just ask for the birthdate. Any parent should know that.

Moving on, I felt like we were sufficiently greeted when we walked in by people who weren't "greeters". They had coffee and I think they had pastries available. They also had a table with some church materials and other stuff.

They started the countdown clock and then the band came up and played a song. After one song a guy came up and did an official welcome and told us to greet those around us. I like it when churches to that. It gives you more of a chance to greet someone if they were missed on the way in. I think the three piece band played 3 songs and then the pastor came up. Ryan and I agreed that they were pretty mellow song choices. They definitely didn't do anything I would call upbeat.

I liked the 3 piece band though. I'm sure it makes practice alot easier than what's at North Point. I would maybe want a 4 piece though. I'm considering trying to lead playing electric instead of acoustic now. That kind of depends on if I can borrow an electric from someone on Sundays though.

I thought the flow of the service was good. The lights usually dimmed when someone else came up and there weren't any long pauses. He talked about being a servant. He washed the feet of someone who does some behind the scenes work at the church and then we took the Lord's Supper. It was very well done and very memorable.

After that the band played and then he made the dreaded announcements. Anyone who really knows me knows that I'm not a fan of announcements. It really jerks you away from connecting with God and puts you into a board room meeting. We spoke with him later and he said that he doesn't like doing them that way either and it's pretty rare that he does.

When that was over we got the grand tour and went to lunch with the pastor and his wife at Sonny's(Ryan's favorite). We got some pretty good insight like they haven't done any advertising. I'm not sold on advertising yet. We've done alot a North Point but I'm not sure how many people actually came because of it. I would rather do some advertisement up front to get some awareness of the church into the community and then pour that money into other things to improve the community. Let's get involved with local events to get our name out there.

So a quick run down:
1. Greeters were good but need to be more aggressive about telling visitors to park in the front.
2. Improve child check-in system. This can be done with no additional cost.
4. More upbeat songs.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Delhomme is back!!!

The Panthers played against San Diego(a team a lot of people think will go to the superbowl) yesterday and I think most people thought they would lose. It always seems as though people count the Panthers out too soon. I mean sure they didn't have Steve Smith but they're a better team than people think. Jake didn't seem to have any trouble with his arm. He even completed a pass while being tackled. This truly was a great game for Jake and the Panthers to show everyone that they can win without Smith.

I missed the first half of the game because of work but caught parts of the last half while grilling some chicken(mmmmmm bbq chicken). We could have a tougher game next week. We play the Bears who stomped the Colts in their brand new stadium. On another interesting note I've noticed that everytime I say anything about the Bears Sarah says Da Bears. I'm going to start saying it and see how long she'll keep saying it. I wonder if she say it if I just talk about bears in the woods. I'll let you know how it goes.

I like the new direction the team is going. Jake seemed to have plenty of time to find a reciever and throw the ball. Getting rid of Foster was a great move. He couldn't run and fumbled the ball constantly. Williams has really stepped up to the plate like I knew he would.

I'm really excited about this year and can't wait to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chugga-Chugga Choo Choo

Henry got a wooden train set from Grammie this weekend and he LOVES it. It has a lot of tracks and different trains he can use. While he's playing with it he says chugga-chugga choo-choo and it sounds so funny. He'll say that over and over for 10 minutes.

The tracks have some hills in them and he'll say Thomas train going up hill Thomas train going up hill. It is really funny.

Sometimes the trains will go off the track and he'll get sooo mad. Monday he got so mad and frustrated he started crying but he did not want to stop playing. If we tried to put them up or do something else he would just get madder. He's been better since then and seems to be learning to deal with his frustration. We really wondered if we should just let him deal with the frustration on his own or try to help him. He seemed to be better if I just let him do it all himself.

So if you're wondering what to get him for his birthday he apparently loves trains.