Thursday, June 29, 2006

"We're going to be late!"

As my wife, kids, and I have hopped around the country moving from base to base, we have been to MANY churches. Through our fickle patronage we have decided we are non-denomination. I was brought up in the southern Baptist church and graduated from a Baptist university. Alyssa was a Christmas and Easter catholic parishioner. We have lived in Hawaii for two and a half years and have recently found a good church. All the churches that we have found and like have some similarities. One of those is the history of their church. The started in someone's home with 8-10 people. It always sounded cool that these people got together and just grew over the years to an active, thriving, God filled church. Alyssa and I were invited to a home bible study last week. We forgot about the bible study, which started at 7pm. We got the reminder call at 6:30. At 6:29 and 59sec. We just came to realize our reserve propane tank on our grill ran out 50% into cooking our 30$ Costco steaks. After a short panic session with Alyssa, we cooked the steaks in a frying pan, ate, and went to the bible study with an open mind and four BBQ stained rambunctious kids. It turns out that this bible study is one of those new home churches. We were the first guest...ever. We had a great time and we can really see a presence of the Holy Spirit in this group. We were the only ones there who were not pastors of their church. Check out their website: . I think we will go again.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Time Off!!

As an electrician I must take my turn pulling "stand-by." That is where I am on call 24 hours/day for a week. I have to respond to any electrical emergencies that happen on Hickam AFB. Well...This week is my week. Normally, stand-by sux. Everyone dreads it and looks forward to it like they look forward to folding laundry. No one wants to be awaken at 3am to go replace a fuse so some corneal can pop popcorn. I have decided that I love stand-by. The 3am calls suck, but I cannot work at the restaurant. It is like a mini vacation. It may sound wired, but it feels great to work 40 hours a week. The 40 hours I do work on base are an easy paycheck. Plus, I get a comp. day off from base because of stand-by. So really I only work 32 hours. I have had an awesome week. I have gotten reacquainted with Alyssa and the kids. It turned out to be an awesome Fathers Day weekend. BTW can you guess What I got for Fathers Day? No, not a tie, but close...I got two shirts and some shorts from Banana Republic! Thanks Alyssa! I was the trendiest dressed dad a church this week. According to Alyssa I've got to wait two months until I can wear them to church again. I've got 5 more weeks until my next sand-by. I cannot wait!

Good guess Elle. It is one of his older movies (1979). Steve Martin's Character was named Navin Johnson.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Pity Party

I'm new to blogging and I'm trying to come up with something that doesn't make me sound like an ass. I haven't won any writing awards and I think my life is really boring. I work 75 hours a week and spend the rest of my time with my wife and kids (about 20 hours a week). This arrangement was supposed to be temporary, but I've been doing it for 7 years. I plan on quitting the second job and going to 40 hours a week after we sell our house next year. I don't mind performing the work, I just wish there were 34 hours in a day. I really miss my family during the week, but we have put ourselves in a situation that requires me to work. Most people I know have dual incomes provided by two parents. I am providing the dual income provided by one parent. We we got married we decided to not put our kids in child care and keep Alyssa at home. The sacrifice that is being made is my off time. I do not have time to hang with my guy friends, go fishing, go golfing, or any of those guy things. That's not important to me right now. My spare time is spent teaching Camryn to swim, playing dolls and ball, and watching movies with Alyssa. The sale of our home and transition out of the Air Force will put us in a situation with financial independence.

Trivia: Name that movie
In the opening line Steve Martin said, "I was born a poor black child."

BTW Alyssa came up with the blog title.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

If Your Going To Blog...Then BLOG!!

I am sorry I haven't bloged since I said I was going to. It's kind of intimidating to blog when you have to compete with Alyssa. Additionally, I have been working a lot lately (73 hours last week to be exact). I have found myself looking for things to blog about throughout the day. I keep thinking, "that;s one wants to read about how I got shocked at work, or how Hawaiian traffic sux." I read through random blogs and read how people try to be funny and how people describe in excruciating detail the monotonous details of their life. I began to wonder what makes a blog worth reading. I think the single most intrinsic quality of a blog is brutal honesty. The type of honesty the shows your weaknesses and your true personality. Too many people spend hours retyping and tweaking their blog to Woodward and Bernstein perfection. One of the things I have noticed about Alyssa and her blogging style, is her limited amount of editing. I'm sure many of you have picked up on this due to her random spelling errors. I think they are cute and show how raw and honest her blogging expression truly is. BTW there is no "e" in story. I cannot wait until Alyssa reads this! Anyway...Alyssa types her blog once, gets her ideas on the screen, then edits for obvious errors. In the end she published a blog that is honest and entertaining. When I first thought of blogging I thought of creating mini literary gems of cunning smartness that millions would tune in to read. That is not going to happen and I will be honest. Thank you Alyssa for the inspiration and I'll blog you later.

Ben-G Dawg (my gangstr name)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Ok...Ok...Ok...I'll Do A Blog

Well...I have decided, after my four month trip, to maintain a blog. I'm going to attempt to enter the "Blog Mafia." I was inspired by all of our friends (mainly in Wichita Falls) who blog along with their spouses. It is neat to see that levels of communication that occurs between the couples and all the other readers in the blog world. Not only are they able to share their thoughts and feelings with their wives and husbands, but they are able to share them with the world. My wife needs to hear (or read) how much I admire and love her as much a possible. The world needs to hear it to. I'm here to profess my feelings (and defend myself from comments made on Alyssa's site.) I could of just made comments from here site, but this will hold more weight. I need a platform to mount my own meager initiatives. Give me a few days and I'll build my site and start blogging.