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Mosaic Church in southern California is one of the six finalists in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Commercial Contest. Three of the six will air during the big game. They did a great job, not just artistically but in execution as well. They deserve to win! I love creativity, especially with humor.

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I think I have to confess that I have an addiction… to mustard. Yes, it’s weird but I can’t seem to help it. Okay, I might need some clarification on the exact nature of my dependency because it always seems to go along with pretzels.

So, tonight, the craving was too much. I looked online for pretzel recipes. Although all the ingredients are here in the house, the time to completion would be 2 hours. Yipes! Way too much time. So, it’s time to find another dealer for this craving.

Yes, it’s way frigid outside. The cold front had come in and no one in their right mind was going out. Except for those of us with needs. I found out Target carries the frozen SuperPretzels. I bundled up, put on my gloves, and headed out. Probably only 5 people in Target. But I headed straight to the frozen section. There they were. I splurged and bought two boxes. 12 total pretzels. $4.35. Yes!

Home to the oven. Pretzels soon were warm and toasty. Holy cow! Like a burst of tartness upon my tongue. Mmmm!

Don’t worry trying to help my addiction to condiment that condiment. I know some would like to wean me on to something softer, like cheese, but I’m too far gone.

Go ahead. You need some now. Indulge. Feed that longing for all the mustard-y goodness.

Here’s a video worth watching. The comedian Louis CK is on Conan and talking about how spoiled we are. Watch. Smile. Laugh. Change.


Mark and Taylor decided to go fly a kite last night. They had fun. The line got a little tangled so Mark tried to get it untangled. It worked. He wound it back up. They flew and flew and flew that kite.

Finally they decided to let it fly higher.

The kite wanted to escape. It must have talked to the string because the string started to pull away. Faster and faster. The string escaped. The kite escaped. The string got caught in a tree. Too high for Mark and Taylor to try and get it out.

It was 8:15 p.m.

At 9:00 p.m. it was still flying.

At 11:00 p.m. it was still flying.

The next morning at 7:30 a.m. the kite was still flying.

As of now, 11:50 a.m. (that’s when the picture was taken), the kite flies.

Update: 1:30 p.m., still going strong.

2nd Update: 2:40 p.m. flying.

3rd Update: 3:00 p.m. wind very strong and kite not flying. It was stuck up against fence where we enter the park. Mitzi got it and brought it home.


That kite flew for almost 19 hours by itself.

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Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal 08 Feb 2009 1 comment

Okay, I didn’t want to publicize this but my wife did such a great job at:
1) surprising me (my real bday is February 11th, but it’d be way too obvious to try to surprise me on the actual day),
2) making a significant celebration not a downer (she’s good at that),
3) doing the little things that made it really cool (check out the picture board after the video, yes, that’s my hair in all of it’s 80′s waviness).

To top it off, the card I’m reading toward the end contains a gift certificate from her for a lil’ skydiving action (she actually found something I hadn’t experienced, yay!!).

So, I grabbed a bunch of friend’s pics from Facebook (thanks Jen & Kathy) and made a slideshow to share my special time.

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Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal 05 Feb 2009 0 comments

Last weekend, I took my wife on a date and we saw Slumdog Millionaire. Very interesting movie. I love good storytelling and it simply was a good story. One song just captivated me, Jai Ho. The composer, A R Rahman, is the first Indian to win the Golden Globe for the best original music score.

I’ve heard that it’s quite captivating to Indian ears but I think it transcends culture to a degree. My ears perked up as well since I speak Spanish and there’s a verse in the song that mixes in Spanish with the Hindi.

If you haven’t seen the movie, check it out. It wasn’t until it started getting nominated for awards that our local theaters had the guts to release it locally. The translation I’ve found online is beautiful:

Jai Ho = Something between “Hail” and “Hallelujah”

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Iota by iota, I have lost my life, in faith
I’ve passed this night dancing on coals
I blew away the sleep that was in my eyes
I counted the stars till my finger burned

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Taste it, taste it, this night is honey
Taste it, and keep it,
It’s a heart; the heart is the final limit
You dark black kohl **
It’s some black magic, isn’t it?

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

For how long, how very long
It’s been on your lips
Say it, now say it
The eye is downcast
Such lit up eyes
Are they two lit-up dimaonds(?) ?

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

the Spanish part is:

Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

Ahora conmigo, tu baila para hoy
(Now with me, you dance for today)

Por nuestro dia de movidas,
(For our day of moves,)

los problemas los que sean
(whatever problems may be)


Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

** Oh and in case you thought I was thinking of a department store when I typed that word, kohl is a kind of makeup used especially in places like India and the Middle East to darken around the eyes.

Thanks to http://inkspillz.blogspot.com/ for the Hindi translation. My Hindi is quite, well very, limited.

Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal, Photography 23 Jan 2009 4 comments

1x1.trans a completely new website... and new blog design too.

Yes, I can’t believe it myself. We’ve got a new website. When you design it yourself, there tends to be lotsa time between redesigns. But I think you’ll like it. Let me know what you think, well, only if it’s good, lol. There are a few little things we’ll be taking care of in the next few weeks but it’s 98% ready, and as it stands in a crazy, busy thing we call life, that’s all good.

Posted by: In: Fun, Journal 19 Sep 2008 0 comments

1x1.trans International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Avast! For those o’ you who didn’t remember, today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. So, don’t be a land lubber, say, “Arrr!” and join us in the frolicking.

Having trouble knowing exactly how to do it, check out this website.

Posted by: In: Christianity, Fun, Photography, Video 24 Aug 2008 0 comments

Just spent the weekend in Abilene at an event called Stop the Violence, Start The Love. It was envisioned by Chad Mitchell and his team/family/friends at Mission Abilene after multiple drive-by shootings, a few murders, and even a husband setting his ex-wife on fire. It was incredible. Especially considering it was the first year. There were tattoo competitions, a car and motorcycle show, and even a graffiti contest. I did a little shooting and then mixed my images in with others taken and produced a little show that was presented this morning at the Mission. So, it’s with that I present this, with all the best for the whole crew.

Posted by: In: Alex, Fun, Journal, Mitzi, Photo, Taylor 15 Jul 2008 2 comments

We took the girls to Dallas a few days ago to see two of their favorite things: The American Girl Store and The Jonas Brothers. Yes, I was there. Was it fun going to something that had absolutely no possibility of any sort of “male-ness” involved? Uhhh, well, uh, let’s just say I had fun watching my girls have fun. So, without further adieu, evidence…

“THE” Store

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“Hey Dad (eyelashes batting), come in and spend some money!”

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Yes, they have it all.

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Notice what this doll has in her hand. Then look at the next image.

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Says it all.

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Yes, that’s $20 to put your doll’s hair in a braid.

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But Alex is happy.

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And so is Taylor.

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Everybody was signing one of the Jonas Brothers’ bus.

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My girls.

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An image from the back, just to give you an idea of the massive number of screaming girls. My guess is that there was 1 male for every 100 females (probably not an exaggeration).

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That’s Nick singing. The one thing that’s nice is that they’re still humble. They love the audience and really work hard (tons of sweat) to put on a good show.

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Toward the end, they were elevated on these little platforms. It I were Disney (their owners), I’d have a harness attached to each one of these guys. Too much $$$ at stake.

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