Archives For February 2009

I was driving in my truck with my sister the other day and we were talking about how hungry we were. As we talked about all the places we would go and eat if we could, I asked her: “what are your top 3 restaurants you have eaten at before?”

I asked her, partially because I wanted to know, but mostly because I wanted to tell her mine. So here they are:

The Top 5

The Best Handsdown

The Best Handsdown

1) Chillis: Three words: Big mouth Bites. Love them…What makes this place my number one is the bites and because of the chips and salsa (thanks Jeff Henson for the intro)

The Best Pizza

The Best Pizza

2) IMO’S: Now if you are from St. Louis you know what I am talking about. But if you are an alien to the ways of STL pizza then you are missing out. Contrary to what Tyler and Uncle John say, IMO’S is the best pizza out there. St. Louis style pizza is my favorite. What almost moved this up to First place was the fact that they have amazing Salads as well.

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But, El Maguey is number three on the list. The best Mexican restaurant that I have attended. Love this place. Get the chicken nacho plate with vegetables (optional) and you won’t be disappointed.

Favorite Burger Place

Favorite Burger Place

4) In N Out: One of the greatest things about Vegas besides Lee Coate, is In n Out. I loved this place, and it loved me (especially my hips). The countless times I went there with Ben Parker, the time I had a surprise birthday party there, or the time I took my family there, this place has great memories of food, fun, and friends.

In the USA not Australia

In the USA not Australia

5) Outback Steak House: I have to have a place to get an awesome steak and some amazing bread, and outback steak house provides this great opportunity. Don’t get to eat there very ofen, too expensive, but when I do it is a treat.

What are your top 3 or 5

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Ya, you have heard this before and have read the articles, but I would like to hear what you think.
I was driving into work today and heard on the radio the discussion of this article about Myspace/Facebook/Texting/Email effecting youth. Several teachers called into the show and talked about how students in class are texting constantly. They said, often times homework is put on hold to answer a text or go on facebook/myspace…
Side note: why do people still use myspace? It is awful. Unless you are in a band, switch over to facebook people.
As I was going through my morning routine (found here) I was looking at Drudge this morning and saw this article “Social websites harm childrens brains” (Click to read).
So after hearing about it on the radio and now reading about it I was wondering if this is really as big of an issue as people are making it out to be?

Weigh in Here

Not my actual feet

Not my actual feet

Here is my 2 cents worth….
With all the communication going through the air we are starting to learn how to communicate with our hands and not with our mouths. I have found it much easier to read twitter updates, then to actually get the update from the person themselves. Maybe this is why I think it is one of the hardest things to remain good friends with someone who lives more than 40 miles away. I have found that with texting, email, blogging, and now twitter that I am much more prone to have a conversation through one of these avenues rather than sitting down with the person. I hate that, I dispise that, but for some reason it is easier that way.
A lot of it has to do with convenience for me, especially when someone lives really far away. But for some reason there seems to be less of a commitment over the wireless world than in person. I do think that students are missing out on valuable lessons that are learned through one of one communication and the affect of texting/myspace will be felt heavily in the next 25 years when this generation starts to have kids.

Am I just blowing smoke here, or do you feel the same?

*Kyle

David Mehrle asked for a title for his upcoming series on the book of Acts. this is what popped into my head…
There Not Drunk

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Why is it that other peoples job always looks better than yours?

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As I conclude this series of war and piece and I have really been stressed by comments and questions that have been posed to each post. Great conversation and good responses. I am glad that I did this.
Last but not least I want to talk about how we respond or like I like to call it…

What Now?

This question is something that I often forget to ask myself. Whether it be an idea or a problem, I never ask the question…What Know? Many times I feel like I bring problems up but never have a solution. I don’t want to do that with this issue of War and Peace, offering up the problem, but having no solution. But I feel like the solution is a very personal issue. Something that has to be decided you and God. There is one thing that I am continuely working on, and that is I am trying to respond with love in situations that drive me to respond with hate. I really have a hard time with this. Sure I can say that I am loving my enemies in another country that I don’t know, but the hardest people to love are the ones that surround me. I always wonder if I will never have enemies, it seems like I always do. Maybe, God is trying to teach me that I need to love my enemies. The reason I would offer up peace in times of war is because I have not seen that demonstrated. I would be interested to see the response of another country if instead of responding with war, we respond with the other cheek. Maybe they would attack us again and kill some more, but maybe, just maybe they would see that we care about them and not that we want to get even with them.
The “now what” will always be with us. Something that will constantly plague our problems and complaints. I will leave you with the words of David Crowder and let him explain the now what:

And the problem is this
We were bought with a kiss
But the cheek still turned
Even when it wasn’t hit

And I don’t know
What to do with a love like that
And I don’t know
How to be a love like that

When all the love in the world
Is right here among us
And hatred too
And so we must choose
What our hands will do

Where there is pain
Let there be grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Help them be brave
Where there is misery
Bring expectancy
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Something

And the problem it seems
Is with you and me
Not the Love who came
To repair everything

Where there is pain
Let us bring grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Let us be brave
Where there is misery
Let us bring them relief
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Oh surely we can change
Something

Oh, the world’s about to change
The whole world’s about to change

Now What?

*Kyle

“Finally, to dare to love someone far above our station, like a beggar in live with a princess, or to dare to think that someone so wonderful could love us, to dare to love in such an impossible situation, that is love worth its salt. Or, to go to a further and still more paradoxical etreme: to love someoe who is not lovable. It is no great feat, after all, to love the loveable, to love our friends and those who tell us we are wonderful; but to love the unlovabele, to lov those who do not love us, to love our enemies-that is love. That is impossible, the impossible, which is why we love it all the more.”
God takes the Impossible and makes it possible…

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