This came in the greatest email i've ever received.

G.I. Joe Movie
Release Date: August 7, 2009
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Stephen Sommers
Screenwriter: Stuart Beattie
Starring: Sienna Miller
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: Not Available
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Plot Summary: The movie will be a modern telling of the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" storyline and its compelling characters that Hasbro created 25 years ago. The premise of this fantasy is the story of the G.I. Joe team, led by Duke, and their "fight for freedom wherever there is trouble" against the evil Cobra Commander and his Cobra force. This storyline was an instant hit with kids in the early 1980s, spawning a highly popular 3-3/4-inch action figure line, comic book collection and animated series. The G.I. Joe team will not be based in Brussels. Instead, they will be based out of the "Pit" as they were throughout the 1980s comic book series. And, in keeping with the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra fantasy, the movie will feature characters and locations from around the world. Duke, the lead character and head of the G.I. Joe team, will embody the values of bravery and heroism that the first generation of G.I. Joe figures established.

Coming Soon!

Oh man, you thought i went nuts over the transformers movie, that was just practice. nothing compares to G.I. Joe when it comes to nostalgia madness in my world. I want to go back in time and hi-five my seven year old self and tell him, "it's really going to happen!"

Dad would have been fifty three today. It's a number that means a lot to me. One of the first things I can remember knowing about my dad was that he used to fly helicopters. big ones. the biggest in the free world. The CH53 Sea Stallion.

I wanted to do something to honor dad today, but i couldn't think of anything special. i went on a short run, i put my truck into the shop again, i played guitar for a while and i read a bunch today. i cried a little, i prayed for a while, i talked to mi madre for a few minutes, and i watched hunt for red october (dad took me to see that for my 10th birthday). all in all it was a quiet monday.

turkey day.
was good. i spent it with a family from church. it was nice to vacation for a whole day in an actual house. we worked on the pool filter, ate a big lunch, watched football, played guitar, and ate pie. i was very thankful.

ska band.
i tried out for a ska band last night. i think i did all right, although it took me a while to get used to the drummer who was wearing a t-shirt that said 'i speak klingon'. more to come on this later.

i've decided to get really hyped this year with the christmas spirit. i may even go buy a tacky christmas sweater. all i know is last year we went all out decorating the apt and now i've got yuletide fever. oh yeah, and i'm addicted to gingerbread cookies ad gingerbread lattes.

so the dating scene around here has been interesting around here the last six months or so. for the first time in my life i've gone out with women that i hadn't met through church. we're not talking about a lengthy list by any means, but it has been a real learning experience. there's so much less pressure than going out with girls at church, because there's zero repercussion if it ends at a couple of dates. it's kind of nice to avoid that drama. and it's nice not have everyone in on my business. very nice. the only real hassle has come from females at church who are angry that i've 'given up' on them. a: i haven't given up on the church dating scene. b: i'm not going to go out with someone just because we're both single and we both go to the same church. there's a certain thing called interest that remains high on my priority list. and closely related is 3: nothing makes me feel less important than when i'm 'supposed' to go out with someone because there's no one else around. that line of thinking closely parallels that of the geniuses that come up with arranged marriages. by the way, statistically speaking, single 27 year olds outnumber married 27 year olds almost 3 to 1.

i'm a big fan of henry rollins. if you don't know who he is, he's the former lead singer of the hardcore punk band black flag, who now spends his time telling crazy stories and commenting on all of those vh1 'i love the...' tv shows. anyways, he's got some unique opinions on a lot of issues, and he's a very well thought out individual. on his show last week he was ragging on the blogging community, saying that we have an irrepressible desire to feel important that manifests itself in believing that the world needs to know what we are thinking. i have to disagree. while i do see some people using the blogosphere for that very purpose, i think the majority of folks that i have come across are just simply journaling. at least that's what i do. i try and write every week so that i can look back and see what was going on in my life at a certain time. i mean, in this blog alone i've written about g.i. joe, my dad, dating and thanksgiving.

well, i've got a busy week coming up, so i'm outta here.

one love, one heart.



Two of my kiddos came in to SPARK tonight calling me a hypocrite for ragging on mcdonald's all the time, then they handed me this...

mcdonalds bag

one love, one heart.


Sometimes nothing is a pretty cool hand.

veterans day.
on monday i actually celebrated veterans day. i started doing this a few years ago. it always bothered me that holidays get turned into days off, and i completely lose site of the fact that these days were set aside to remember something specific. veterans day for me is a time of deep appreciation, especially this year. i don't know why, but i've been in a very appreciative mode lately. anyways, what did i do to celebrate veterans day? i went up to the reagan library for a while and spent some time praying at the piece of the berlin wall that they have on display there. i ran into several vets and talked with them for a while about their experiences in korea. and then i decided to call the vets that we have at our church an thanks them for their service. i can think of no higher calling than be willing to put your life on the line for another person. in fact, this is one of the best descriptions the bible gives on what love looks like in action.
i encourage anyone reading this to sit down and share a cup of coffee with a veteran, and ask them for their story. it's an easy way to show your appreciation.

capri sun.
i got all nostalgic yesterday buying groceries when i saw a box of capri suns, so i bought a pack and was stoked to get home and drink one. as my stupid little yellow straw bent and then poked through the back of my pouch spilling grape drink all over my carpet i remembered why i stopped drinking these things in the first place. file capri sun under bad nostalgia.

beard update.
it's gone. i wasn't really awake when i started shaving yesterday and ended up shaving it off. so back to the ol' sideburns and gotee.

rob bell.
i went to thegodsarentangry tour the other night and was completely blown away. it's the best description of how religions start up that i've ever heard. i'd love to try and explain it, but i know i couldn't do his speech justice. so, i'm encouraging you to pick up the dvd or book whenever it comes out.

angels and airwaves.
if i could put together an album i would want it to sound like 'I-Empire'. simply amazing.

sometimes God works in the smallest moments of the day. a few days ago it was kind of cold here (for socal). i was stoked to get home and get warm, but when i opened the door i realized that we had forgotten to turn on the auto heat setting on our thermostat. normally i would be a little frustrated, but instead this time i kind of smiled and recognized that i am truly blessed to even have a place to live. i'm even more blessed that i have a place that will get warm in minutes. the funny thing is, i didn't even turn on the heat. i just threw on my favorite hoodie and read for a while.

i've got a pretty good sense of direction, but every once in a while i realize that a street that i thought went one direction actually runs completely perpendicular to what i thought. i was talking to a friend the other day and he said to travel south on this one road, and i asked him if he meant east. we finally got out the maps and i realized that he was right. dangit. this happened to me a lot at oc when there weren't any mountains for reference points. now there's too many mountains.

the zipper.
learn it. it's a simple concept. one car goes, and then another from the other lane. repeat. we've got to put an end to this double dipping, or shotblocking nonsense on americas roads.

an update on my decision this year to be informed. evidently being informed means you are supposed to listen to other people rant on about their candidate when you don't even know them and all you're trying to do is sit there with a friend and enjoy a gingerbread latte, and all of this starts because there happens to be a politically based headline on the newspaper that was already sitting at your table.

my neighborhood.
since i read okchick's blog, i consider myself tagged by her most recent post. the question posted was, 'what's your favorite place in your neighborhood?' without a doubt mine is the reagan library. my apt complex is at the base of the mountain so i like to head up there as much as i can. it has a great view towards the west, and on a clear day you can see the ocean. if you look north around sunset, you get an idea of what the song means when it says 'purple mountains majesty'. the inside of the library has a lot of interesting stuff, but my two favorite things are outside. the is a huge chunk of the berlin wall standing there, and it's covered in artwork which always inspires me. my favorite though, is reagan's memorial site that has my all time favorite quote on it,

I know in my heart that man is good.
That what is right will always eventually triumph.
And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.

berlin wall 2

well, that's about all i can write on this lunch break so...
one love, one heart.