Friday Night Blogroll Review

It’s a Friday night tradition for the past 11 months. It’s the best of the best in blogging action from this past week. It’s ON !

Travis posted his ‘Saturday Night Thoughts’ last Saturday night, and it was an instant out-of-the-box classic. I think I’ll read it every so often. It’s good stuff my friends.

Blake Matthew: Future Miami Heat Superstar !

If I could only read one blog (other than my own) then it would have to be (hands-down) Phil’s blog. He’s my # 1 favourite blogger in the entire blogosphere. I present to you two examples of his blogcellence – ‘Line Of Thought‘ and ‘Friday Bottom 3: Reasons Not To Vote‘.

Billy Finch voted.

So yeah you know it’s Halloween and stuff and my bro Casey is up to his same ole tricks and treats again and he’s like gonna crank up the bass and treble tonight so like all of Plantation Key can hear what’s rockin’ at the L-P-C !  SHYEAHZZZ !  Ritz is outta here !

Rebecca’s sleeping.

Gricelda’s a Brunette.

Thursday Night Internet Hoax Hall-Of-Shame

Come celebrate Panda Express‘ 15th Anniversary!!

The outrageous deals include:
Entrees:  $0.99
Sides:  $0.49
Drinks:  $0.10
Buy 1 Panda Bowl, get another one free!

Visit you nearest Panda Express on November 19th and experience the pandamonium!

This – my friends – is an Internet HOAX !

Read more about it.

My NFL Weekend Game Picks

It’s Thursday night, so you just know what that means. We’re goin’ ‘Retro’ on a Saturday night in less than 48 hours. I’m taking you back exactly 22 years to the first weekend of November in 1986. Be sure to check that one out. You won’t regret it pal.

But right now it’s time for me to make my weekly professional football picks. After 116 games I’ve picked more than 67% of them correctly. While that may sound respectable to you it’s a bit below what I’ve done in previous seasons. Let’s see if I can get all of these picks right:

SUN 1:00 PM EST (8)
Jets At Bills
Lions At Bears
Jaguars
At Bengals
Ravens At Browns
Buccaneers
At Chiefs
Texans At Vikings
Cardinals At Rams – MILD UPSET SPECIAL !
Packers At Titans

SUN 4:05 PM EST (1)
Dolphins At Broncos

SUN 4:15 PM EST (3)
Cowboys At Giants
Falcons
At Raiders
Eagles At Seahawks

SUN 8:15 PM EST (1)
Patriots At Colts

MON 8:30 PM EST (1)
Steelers At Redskins

Notice that all of the times listed above are ‘EST’. That’s Eastern Standard Time. Don’t forget to set all of your clocks back by one hour before you go to sleep this Saturday night !

Bedtime Stories

Life Group was a lot of fun tonight. Patricia was a gracious host, and Venus was a superb leader in our lesson plan for tonight. Tonight’s topic was all about ‘Acts Of Service’ – another one of ‘The Five Love Languages For Singles‘. We talked about those people in our Life who have personally spoken acts of service to us recently, as well as some of the various ways that we see others performing acts of service.

The common denominator to these acts of service was God. Serving Him. When we serve others without regard to whether or not we’ll be paid or served in return – when we serve others as a sheer act of love – when we serve others and feel fantastic while doing so – that’s when we totally serve our Lord Almighty.

There are lots of lost, dazed, confused, and directionless people in this world of ours that have never been served, and have never served others. They look at serving as a job to look down to – as an act of pity. They just don’t know Him.

Jesus served us more than we can ever serve Him. He gave up His Life for us so that we could live. To honour God is to serve Him freely.

Our homework assignment for this week is to perform acts of service for at least three friends this week and then watch as they respond to it.

Next week we’re doing Life Group twice – once on Tuesday night (food, fun, and fellowship at Anne J.’s house), and then our regularly scheduled Wednesday night session. I’m looking forward to it.

Have a peaceful and comfortable Wednesday night everyone, and I Love You Ela. I’ll be talking to God in a few minutes, and I’ll be talking to Him all about you.

My NFL Weekend Game Picks: The Results Show

Check it out:

SUN 1:00 PM EDT (9)
Raiders At RavensYES !
Cardinals At PanthersYES !
Buccaneers At Cowboys – NO !
Redskins At Lions – YES !
Bills At Dolphins – NO !
Rams At PatriotsYES !
Chargers At Saints – RIDICULOUS UPSET SPECIAL ! – YES !
Chiefs At JetsYES !
Falcons At EaglesYES !

SUN 4:05 PM EDT (2)
Browns At JaguarsNO !
Bengals At TexansYES !

SUN 4:15 PM EDT (2)
Giants At Steelers – OUTRAGEOUS UPSET SPECIAL ! – YES !
Seahawks At 49ersNO !

MON 8:30 PM EDT (1)
Colts At Titans – YES !

THIS WEEK10-4 (.714) – ‘ABOVE AVERAGE – ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT’

OVERALL – 78-38 (.672)

Check out my fresh new picks for this upcoming weekend’s games TOMORROW !

Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

1.  TODAY will go down in South Florida history as one of the coldest October days EVER !  We officially dropped down to 57°F at Homestead Air Reserve Base this morning, and we’ve been stuck in the 60s all day long. Tomorrow morning when we wake up we could have howling wind chills deep down into the 40s !

2.  Homestead was shivering (I love that phrase), and everywhere you looked you saw adults, children, and pets alike all bundled up in thick winter clothes that usually only see the light of day about a dozen days a year. Those people over there in the tee-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops ?  Those are what we like to refer to here in Homestead as ‘snowbirds’ – also known as Canadian tourists.

3.  My 7TH cold in 12 months is officially in the history books, or as I like to refer to as my very public history books – this blog. This cold seemed longer and harsher than a lot of the previous ones, so it was not my ‘Lucky 7TH Cold’. I’ll be flying back from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so that’s only 32 more days until I get my 8TH cold in 13 months !

4.  Last Friday was Election Day in my living room. I voted via absentee ballot. I put it in the mail on Saturday morning. I just checked online with the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, and they have indeed received it as of this past Monday. One week from tonight we should find out who our next President Of The United States is. Whoever it is I will stand behind him and support him as he takes on a mountain of problems. I have very strong political views. They are so strong that I keep them to myself (most of the time) because they would offend and shock most people I know – including many of my close personal friends.

5.  Let me tell you something about a company by the name of ALLSOP with headquarters in Washington State, Ireland, and Shanghai China. I recently bought a ‘Metal Art CPU Caddy’ which is basically a little metal cart for my computer to fit in. The cart has 4 wheels, but one of the wheels was defective in that it was missing a bolt so I couldn’t attach it to the bottom of the cart. The cart was useless. I sent a short and simple E-Mail to the company on a Friday afternoon, and they sent me a personalized response back the following Monday morning. I replied to that response later that same day, and the next morning they shipped a replacement wheel to me via first class mail. I received it a few days later, and my CPU caddy is now in business fulfilling its mission !  In this modern era of widespread poor to non-existent customer service from retail companies I was totally ecstatic to discover a company that still does business the old-fashioned way no matter how big and universal they are. They cater to their customers who buy their products. You just don’t see that very much nowadays. THANKS ALLSOP !

Those are my thoughts for this Tuesday night. Thank You So Much for taking the time to read them.

The Fortune Cookie Message Of The Week Club

Probably the best part of recovering from a cold is regaining my MASSIVE appetite. During the peak of my cold I still had an appetite, but it just wasn’t MASSIVE. It was more like normal – average – mundane.

I know that I’m pretty much fully recovered from this most recent bout of the filthy germs because yesterday (Sunday) afternoon I managed to eat a large Little Caesars pepperoni pizza all by myself in less than half an hour flat.

Today for Lunch I enjoyed the mother of all Chinese Food meals courtesy of my good friends at Shanghai & Tokyo (in Homestead‘s Waterstone Plaza). It took me closer to 45 minutes to wrap-up that MASSIVE meal at my desk at work. I was quite full when I was all done with it. I could barely move, yet it felt so good. 😀

Because I’m such a loyal and faithful lunchtime customer of Shanghai & Tokyo I typically get two fortune cookies for the price of none !

Check it out:

Your destiny lies before you, choose wisely.
   I choose to continue moving forward on this journey.

Use your natural versatility to keep from being bored.
   Translation – Do something.

Until next time my friends may the good fortune cookie message be tucked inside a crunchy and delicious fortune cookie !

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