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Knee, round 2

Wow, I am so sorry to hear that.  We’ll be praying that all goes well.  Yes, you are turning into the 6 million dollar man indeed…or perhaps a terminator.   Hmm….

» Posted By Carl V. On May 8, 2009 @ 9:16 am

I have OCD… not the one you’re thinking

Not fun! Glad all went well and hopefully you won’t be going under the knife anytime soon! Merry Christmas to you both!!!

» Posted By Carl V. On December 24, 2008 @ 7:36 am


So the last quote may have been a little smart-alecky which wouldn’t be surprising considering my personality.  I think I felt compelled to ask the question because to me the quote you left doesn’t ring true with the idea of voting for Obama.  In a world that is increasingly liberal it is much more of an act of courage to stand up and admit one is a Christian, especially if you live in any kind of large city.  To me the ‘safe’ and ‘popular’ choice this year was Barrack Obama.  Running against a party with a hugely unpopular President during the turmoil our world is in made voting for McCain the much less ‘safe’ choice, the more ‘risky’ choice.  The risk being that it could have truly been four more years of the same.  But this is a semantic argument that could be waged on both sides.  Which is really my point.  The quote just seemed a little too much for me to take this morning.  I’m happy for Barrack Obama and I didn’t wake up feeling like the world had ended.  In fact I am actually more interested in world affairs than ever before and will keep my eye closely on what will happen.  Not because I want Obama to fail but because I want him to succeed.  No matter who won last night that is what I want to see happen…success.  Growth.  And coming together.  Change?  I guess I’m not convinced yet.  Until our government, democratic or republican, begins to be more fiscally responsible with the overwhelming amount of money we already give them I will continue to believe that whatever skin a politician is wearing, donkey or elephant, they are little more than a wolf in another animal’s clothing.

» Posted By Carl V. On November 5, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

So….where does that leave issues like abortion and the rights of the unborn in this now democratically controlled world.  Are these not issues of conscience?

I echo (paraphrasing) what William Bennett said on CNN last night.  I pray (and will) pray for him and I sincerely hope that he turns out to be a very good president.

» Posted By Carl V. On November 5, 2008 @ 5:43 am

Electoral Epistemology

For the most part I understand what you are saying and totally agree.  I honestly believe that most democrats and republicans are pretty close to the middle and  have similar belief systems.  Where we by and large differ may simply be moral ‘hot button’ issues…but that is where ‘going over to the other side’ becomes difficult for me for one reason and one reason only: the election of supreme court justices.  In almost all other areas there are checks and balances that work in such a way that it is almost comical to feel that democrats are the devil and republicans are God’s chosen…that area is a scary one though.  Whether one believes the abortion issue is a win-able issue or not, personally I think it is a lost cause but one that should still be fought for–it disturbs me to think of electing a president/party that will never, under any circumstances, put a pro-life candidate in the supreme court.  I fear losing what small ‘balance’ there currently is in the supreme court on this and other ‘moral’ issues with an overwhelmingly strong democratic party.

I understand the conundrum of wondering what to do.  I have even said that my plan was to vote for the person who would help me the most economically, morals be damned…had Obama had what I felt was a better plan economically I certainly would  have been torn on who to vote for.

In the end I am much more cynical than the people who are jumping up and down for joy this day.  As I said in  your above post, I will reserve judgment and pray strongly that Obama is able to bring about good, positive change for this country.  In winning the election there have already been a few good changes…but we’ll see what happens. The man now bears a heavier burden than many of his predecessors.  He was elected as a messiah and is expected to deliver our people.  I don’t envy him the task of shouldering that burden. 

Do I think Christians who support Obama are wrong? Of course not.  How do I truly know that it is or is not God’s will for him to be the president.  What I do worry about is hearing Christians (and I am not directing this to you at all) who seem to be slowly letting go of their concern about the moral/religious issues because of other concerns.  I don’t know how we continue to live and hold up our ideals and moral values while being an active, positive force in this world but it is something I hope to continue learning how to do.

» Posted By Carl V. On November 5, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

the Proairetic Code

I listen to NPR pretty much every weekday and often catch a bit on weekends. By and large they have some pretty great programming on their, This American Life included. So glad you both got to go to that talk, sounds like fun. I don’t always agree with everything, but hey, that’s part of the fun!

» Posted By Carl V. On June 17, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

Rock Chalk

I certainly think I deserve some credit. I didn’t watch it and didn’t pick them to win in the championship game in my work pool for the express reason of not wanting to jinx them. 🙂

I’m thrilled. I hated Kansas when Roy was there, but Bill Self coached my alma mater and I have always been a Self fan, so when he hit KU then KU hating went away. I’m really happy for him and for the team.

» Posted By Carl V. On April 8, 2008 @ 10:37 am

Trailer Roundup (vol. 11)

You’ve certainly found a handful of movies that I haven’t heard of…except for Cloverfield which I saw a few months ago. That is a movie I am looking forward to as well.

On another note, Happy Thanksgiving, or day after, to you and Sara. I hope you had a wonderful one and continue to do so all weekend long!

» Posted By Carl V. On November 23, 2007 @ 8:13 am

Trailer Roundup (vol. 7)

I am really wanting to see Across the Universe and I hope it lives up to expectations.  From what I am hearing it is either a like it or loathe it kind of film. 

Ironman looks great.  I love the casting choice of RD, jr.  He was so great in Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band and I've really been looking forward to seeing him in something new.

» Posted By Carl V. On September 25, 2007 @ 10:50 am


Interesting how things like this can take on a life of their own and become a phenomenon…and one that involves the invention of a new word or words to identify it. I get it…don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. 😉

» Posted By Carl V. On June 13, 2007 @ 5:43 am

Fairy Tale Revisionism

We saw a local teen theatre group put on Into the Woods a few weeks ago. They did a good job and it was fun. I had listened to the soundtrack many times back when the musical first came out so I knew the story, but it was fun to see it played out on stage.

Wicked is one that I hope to catch someday. Glad you enjoyed it.

» Posted By Carl V. On June 4, 2007 @ 5:02 am

The blogging blues

Looking forward to seeing the changes. It can definitely be hard to be inspired and blogging can truly be alot of work, and none of us need more of that, but I’m glad you are sticking with it. Getting Things Done sounds really interesting.

» Posted By Carl V. On May 24, 2007 @ 8:40 am

Recap: Brahms Day 3

I’m sorry for your loss, eventhough her last years were probably not the best.

I’m also really thrilled you enjoyed this musical experience. I loved being in choir my junior and senior years of high school. It was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Glad you both are having fun.

» Posted By Carl V. On April 22, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

Brahms: day 2

Sounds cool! And big time! No small church choir there. Hope all goes well for your Easter program.

» Posted By Carl V. On April 3, 2007 @ 5:22 am

Faith in Praxis

I am so annoyed that I didn’t catch this in the theatre. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Can’t wait until I can catch it on DVD.

» Posted By Carl V. On March 29, 2007 @ 10:10 am


Yep…should have taken your advice, especially after eating Church’s chicken!

» Posted By Carl V. On March 29, 2007 @ 10:11 am

Big Blue

Should I say ‘congratulations’ or send my condolences to the other choir members? 😉

» Posted By Carl V. On January 22, 2007 @ 10:38 am

Hygiene update

Oh Rob…the first lesson of marriage is to never admit publicly that you were wrong!!! You have so much to learn young Padawan.

» Posted By Carl V. On January 22, 2007 @ 10:39 am

Merry X-Mas!

Same to the both of you!

» Posted By Carl V. On December 30, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

Buon giorno, Principessa!

Wow, that sounds like a fun trip. Italy is one of the places that I hope to visit someday. For now I live vicariously through others.

» Posted By Carl V. On December 4, 2006 @ 6:41 am

Blond. James Blond.

I’m with you there, I’m not a big fan of Supes for the same reason. I did enjoy this latest Superman movie but it hasn’t really changed the way I feel about the character.

» Posted By Carl V. On November 28, 2006 @ 6:12 am

Glad you liked it, excellent review. I plan on reading this novel sometime soon as the reviews I’ve read of it seem to mirror this film…that it is the only Bond story where he really questions the morality of what he is doing, etc.

Not sure why you don’t understand the appeal of the Bond films…the style of the films and the basic story structure seem to be successful in many genres…as with everything some films are well done, others aren’t. I admit that I was tired of the old Bond formula, which is originally why I didn’t want to see this one as I thought it would be more of the same. But all the things you listed actually make movies like the Bond movies appealing…I think the problem with the more recent ones wasn’t the actor or the use of the old cliches but that the stories were just so weak. I’m actually looking forward to the next film with Craig just to see what they do with him and with the franchise. I think if they continue to rely on modern day technology and don’t get back to the gadgets and continue to keep him slightly gritty that they can actually go back to some of the old Bond staples and still make a good film. I guess that remains to be seen. As for now I will definitely say that this is my favorite of all the Bond films and the only one I’m likely to see multiple times.

Sorry we missed you guys the other day. I hope you give the D’s a little advanced warning next time. It would be nice to meet your wife…and of course see you as well. 😉

» Posted By Carl V. On November 27, 2006 @ 10:13 am

Happy Halloween!

Hard to believe that October came and went in such a blur. Nice job with the pumpkin carvings!

For a second there I thought that was you in a dog costume with angel wings next to Madame Butterfly! 😉

» Posted By Carl V. On November 3, 2006 @ 10:51 am

the Dark Knight returns

Those are fun! We have Care Bears…..just kidding.

» Posted By Carl V. On October 23, 2006 @ 10:27 am

weekend trip

Sounds like a great deal of fun! Makes me look forward to our family Thanksgiving get-together with Mary’s side of the family even more.

Cool plane!

» Posted By Carl V. On October 17, 2006 @ 8:40 am


For some reason I am never attracted to these kind of films. I thought the trailer made it look very interesting and yet I don’t see myself ever seeing this one. Don’t know what it is about modern day gangster films that hold no appeal for me.

» Posted By Carl V. On October 17, 2006 @ 8:41 am

Honeymoon pics!

Merry Christmas Rob and Sarah! I hope you enjoyed your first holiday as a married couple and I wish you the best for the coming year!

» Posted By Carl V. On December 26, 2006 @ 10:42 am

Theme change

I don’t know…orange and black kind of suck. Oops…just kidding…I obviously REALLY like that color combination.

» Posted By Carl V. On September 17, 2006 @ 7:24 am

Theater seats!

Congrats today you two!!!

» Posted By Carl V. On August 11, 2006 @ 7:24 am

Sweet! Now you just need to get some drink holders mounted on those puppies and they’d be perfect!

» Posted By Carl V. On August 4, 2006 @ 8:08 am

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