Monthly Archives: December 2007

He’s Got the The Whole World

Wow. It was really unexpected. Mom sent me a big ol’ box for Christmas, but it was what was inside that was the surprise. It was the Whole World! A Globe! I’ve wanted one, but it’s something I probably never would have bought myself. Afterall, there is Google Earth :-)

Globe450

This globe is really special. First of all, Mom got it for me. Also, each country is a gem stone! The oceans too. It’s really cool, valuable and practical.

Thanx Mom!

John 3:16-17
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Favorite Christmas’ – Skiing

I’m not positive of the year. Most likely 1992. I lived in Roswell, New Mexico and the kids lived across town. Christmas morning was clear and cold! I was up early and loaded the car with presents for the kids and drove to their house. I stayed maybe an hour or two and got to watch them play with their new toys, etc. I then left so they could get on with their visiting other family, and I made the short drive to Ski Apache.

I was a Weatherman on KBIM TV at the time and Ski New Mexico provided all the weather folks in the state with free skiing! I had been a few times and was getting decent. It was way fun! That’s for sure. So, by 10am I was on the slopes and pretty much skied all day! I was by myself, so I didn’t really talk to too many people. I just enjoyed the skiing and the snow. Did I mention I LOVE SNOW?! The slopes close at 4:00. I skied pretty much until then, turned in my rentals, and drove home. Stopping at the Sonic in Ruidoso first, of course. I was tuckered out, but Christmas wasn’t done yet.

I got home a little after dark. I was invited to the Simmons’ for Christmas Dinner! I lived just a few blocks from them, so I changed and walked to their house using the Spring River Trail and then up the hill on Pennsylvania. The meal was delicious, as always, and I got to spend more time with the kids and also my ex-in laws.

For variety, fun, and family, it’s hard to beat this Christmas memory!

Favorite Christmas’ – Miracle Snow!

Branches Full of Snow
I was a reporter/photographer at KBIM TV in Roswell, New Mexico. One man bands they (we) are called. Reporters who shoot their own stuff. It was probably the first Christmas after my divorce and the first since moving back to Roswell from Canby. That would make it the Christmas of 1991.I was the low man on the totem pole. That means I was the only reporter. AND the only only photographer scheduled to work that day. I had gone to Gaye Drive the night before (Christmas Eve) to shoot video of Christmas light’s in that famous for Christmas Lights neighborhood! At least famous in Roswell. I’ll probably even check it out this Christmas Eve while I am there!I admit it. I was feeling sorry for myself. I was working on Christmas. I was a little sad and a little lonely. Separated from family and all. I was working on my Christmas lights feature. The idea was to take my video and do an AB Roll. Basically, fading back and forth between shots. The whole thing set to music. Vic McCarty, our sports guy and good friend, gave me some Christmas music from the Kingston Trio. So, I finished that and it turned out pretty good actually :-) I do remember being sad and lonely while I put it together though :-(

The forecast was for cold and fog and low clouds. No precipitation, just cold and cloudy. Well it started to snow! It was probably 34 degrees, but it was snowing! And it snowed and snowed some more!

It was still snowing and I had to cover a story at the Catholic Church. They were feeding homeless and poor folk Christmas Dinner. As you can imagine, the story was very very touching! I had a great time covering it! And the whole time it was snowing!!! I remember getting my shoes wet going back to my car because of the slush. But who cares! It was SNOWING!

If you know me at all, you know I love snow! I got some video of the snow to send to Albuquerque. Put my story together. It was all good :-)

My video aired in Albuquerque. My Christmas lights aired on KBIM (I wish I had a copy) and so did my story. I did my job on Christmas, and God gave me a miracle snow to enjoy!!!

Favorie Christmas’ – Comet

Kohoutek

It was in the ’70’s, I know that. It was a really cold Christmas morning. We lived on Seven Oaks Lane, about four miles outside of Canby. I’m not sure of the year, but I do remember that they were building more houses and extending the street. I was probably in 5th or 6th grade since I was really interested in astronomy by then.

I’m think I might have got a telescope that Christmas. What I do remember most was the neat time I spent with Dad.

There was a comet that was supposed to be visible in the west. I don’t remember the name, but if you hang on a second, I’ll Google it. Hang on…

I can’t find it. I remember it started with a K. It was some long Russian word, I think. Hang on. I’m gonna Google some more…

I found it! Comet Kohoutek. Visible Christmas of 1973. That would make this story the second year we lived on Seven Oaks Lane. (That puts me in 5th grade) Glad we got that settled! What did we do before the Internets?!

So, Dad and I went outside Christmas morning before the Sun came up to see if we can see this comet. (we never did) We were on the west side of what would later be Edna’s house. We were on the west side to see if we could spot the comet, plus there was a bitter east wind blowing! It was cold :-)

But the best thing about the whole thing? Was spending the time with Dad. I don’t remember what we were talking about. Astronomy maybe. I just remember hanging out with him on the west side of a house under construction on a cold Christmas morning. It was the best! Thanx Dad!

Favorite Christmas’ – Ultimate Christams Tree

Christmas Tree

It was our first Christmas as a “blended” family. Dad had married Janet the September before and we were all still getting used to each other. Janet and her two son and one daughter, plus a foster child, had all moved in with Chris, Dad and I. We lived in one of the newer (at the time) housing developments in Canby. This house had vaulted ceilings. Pretty high at the top. Over 20 feet maybe? 18 at least. Also, at the time, there was a Christmas Tree Farm on the edge of our neighborhood. I’m not sure how far. Not more than a half mile, if that.

So, ALL of us walk to the Christmas Tree Farm to find a tree. We agree on a big, fat, tall, ten foot douglas fir. Beautiful!  But we didn’t know how beautiful until later. We cut ‘er down and all of us found a part of the tree to carry, and we carried it the half mile home.!  We got it set up, and decorated. It was AWESOME! To this day, the standard that all other Christmas Trees are measured against.

It was fat, but tall. VERY full. Very fun to decorate!  Not only was it the bestest, beautifullest tree ever, but it was an early bonding experience for a blending family.

Favorite Christmas’ – Charlie Brown Tree

Charlie Brown Tree

I was maybe sixteen? fifteen? Either way, Chris and I went to San Diego to spend Christmas with Mom. Of course, that meant the added benefit of being with Grandma and Grandpa Pagliaro! Of course, that meant that spaghetti was waiting for us when we arrived :-)

We got there and it was very close to Christmas. Just a day or two maybe three. We needed a tree! Turns out, everyone was pretty much sold out. We ended up getting a Charlie Brown Tree! At least, it was brown!! It was maybe 3 feet tall with just a hint of green. We covered that thing with tinsel and ornaments and made it look like a Christmas Tree.  Best part was, it proved that being with family was way more important than the pomp of Christmas. Besides, we had a LOT of fun with it!

Favorite Christmas’ – Sizzlers!

Fat Track
Not exactly what we got, but close. This is on auction on eBay! How tempting is that?!

I think it was 1971. We had just moved to Oregon and lived in a rental home in the West Hills of Portland. Comus Street. A street with HUGE potholes! The place was way cool! Mostly because of the trees and the creek that ran through, or near, the back yard. We used to play army in the mud. It was AWESOME!Anyway, we moved there in November, I think. So, Christmas was coming. The hottest thing was Sizzlers! Chris and I already had Hot Wheels and had been playing with those for years. Most of my life, probably! After all, I was only 8 :-)

Sizzlers were Hot Wheels that you charged up for a minute and a half and they raced around a “Fat Track” for 5 minutes, or so. Way cool! It was all Chris and I wanted for Christmas.

So, Christmas morning we got up way early (of course).  It was at least 5am, maybe earlier. At 8, who knew it was your Mom and Dad who stayed up late to set up that stuff! So, I remember walking quietly on the hard wood floors. Chris was behind me as we peered around the corner into the living room. There it was. All set up. SIZZLERS FAT TRACK!!! Awesome!

I don’t remember if we got everyone up then or waited. But it wasn’t long before we were charging up our new cars and racing them around the track. Way too cool. Then, our “cousins” came down from Washington and they brought the Fat Track they got for Christmas! We combined ’em for this elaborate course and raced and raced and raced. Cousin Tony got a great car. His seemed to run an extra two or three minutes after ours would give out. It was probably the best Christmas as far as getting exactly what I wanted. I realize now how much joy that must have given my Dad.

Luke 11:13
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Matthew 7:11
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Feed a Cold

There’s a head cold going around. I have it around the edges. Not sick enough to miss work, but in the afternoon and evening I start to feel not as good. This morning my nose has been running a bit and my head hurts a little. I don’t want to whine since I don’t feel horrible. At the same time, it would be nice to feel all the way good.

Since it’s a cold and not the flu, I think I’ll have breakfast and wander in to work. There’s work to be done before I’m off through day after Christmas! I just hope I feel better this weekend, and don’t get too many others sick along the way.

Left over breakfast burrito is callin’ my name.

Update: I just ate and feel worse. So much for that theory!

Jesus’ Joy of Our Salvation

3 Crosses

Over a month ago I wrote about how Jesus probably was strengthened at the cross by the joy of our salvation.  Kind of like the joy of the Lord is our strength.  Here's that previous post.  This morning I was reading and found this passage:

Hebrews 12:2 "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Did you catch that? "…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.."  Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him.  The joy set before Him?  The salvation of those who would choose Him!  I knew I wasn't crazy :-)  God loved you and me so much that He sent His only Son to die on our place.  Jesus was so joyful about the result of His sacrifice that He endured the cross.  Now that is LOVE!

Ouch Fixed!

Homer

The Scion Tc is restored! The lens I broke on the driver side mirror cost $34. Another $50 for labor. That’s an $84 bonehead mistake pulling in too close to the drive thru at the bank. In the words of Homer Simpson. Doh!

I have to admit I was nervous taking my car to the dealership. We all hear stories on how much more expensive that is. I may find out I could have had it done for less somewhere else. I was in a hurry to have it done before this weekend’s trip so…

The worst thing about the dealership was the wait. They have a pretty cool service where they shuttle you back to work. So, I dropped off my car at 1:30 and then went into the waiting area to wait for them to call my name. Almost an HOUR wait for a shuttle ride back to work! I was almost to the point of “don’t bother!”  Next time, I’ll just wait, or arrange my own ride.

Another thing I noticed. A lot of the employees at the dealership do not seem very happy to be there. There were exceptions, but a large number just weren’t smiling. I wasn’t feeling the love. That to me is a bad sign. I need to go back though. My tire pressure light is stuck on on. Has been since the day I bought it. I thought it was just because they added non-stock tires and rims at the dealership before I bought the car and they didn’t clear the light. The mechanic told me today that there is another issue with it and I should bring it back to have it resolved. At least it’s not serious and it won’t cost me anything.

Other than that, I may avoid the dealership best I can. Very few smiles with that many employees running around can’t be good.