I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Bike

I landed an unbelievable deal on bike yesterday. My lovely wife was at Conte's Bike Shop here in Newport News when another customer was looking to sell his bike. He'd just bought a new bike and was looking to make some $ on his not so old one. Well the price he asks is very low for the quality of what he was selling. Then Walt (coolest bike store owner around) suggests my wife might want to call me... then I head to the store. The guy was my height, etc. We contemplate it for few moments then make the deal. Walt is taking parts from my current bike and putting them on my new one. I should have it in a couple of days. I guess now I'll have to start riding again (I've been slack since the MS-150). Anyway, the bike is a Cannondale CAAD 9 - handmade in the USA. It's actually the frame the Conte's racing team uses here. It still has the team logo on it, so I hope I don't make them look too bad when I'm slowly riding through town. Someone suggested I wear an "in training" jersey. Maybe so...

The guys at Contes (Newport News) are the best. If you're looking to ride I highly recommend them to you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Off to Delmarva Family Camp

Tomorrow, I'll be making a quick run up the coast to the Delmarva Family Camp. I preached there last year, but I'm going up to listen others this year (I'm must have been a little soft last year!). It will also be a time to enjoy some good fellowship and to renew some acquaintances. The program looks strong and I'm especially looking forward to Mike Kjergaard's return to the shore. Also, Ray Bennett himself will be preaching Wednesday night. Ray usually "hosts" but this time he has a preaching slot. I'm guessing that he has something to say and I don't want to miss it!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I laugh every time I watch this.

I love this clip. It's been around for a while, but it's a good one. Around my house I quote this to my children frequently. They always look at me with that "Huh?" look. I tell them i'm quoting the president. They're perplexed yet I am am amused.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Wimbeldon Wow!

6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 = the best tennis tennis match ever? Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in an "epic" match at Wimbeldon yesterday. This finals match was one of the best matches ever and many commentators are calling it the best ever. That's what John McEnroe thinks and he certainly knows a little bit about the sport. The Nadal vs. Federer match-ip is reminiscient of the McEnroe vs. Borg rivalry of my youth. I still think the 1980 Wimdledon finals between John & Bjorn is the greatest ever. Of course, that's my bias along with some nostalgia talking. Bjorn was my favorite. I couldn't stand McEnroe at all. Ironically, I like him now, especially as a commentator. I didn't like Federer much when he arrived on the scene, but now I'm disappointed that Nadal has knocked him off. It sort of reminded of when McEnroe began to eclipse Borg. I'm just not ready to buy Federer being done yet. The U.S. Open is just around the corner...

Friday, July 04, 2008

Still Relevant

The late Dr. Roger Chambers wrote the following way back in 1982, but it's still just as relevant today...
"Our generation of the Church is childish. Too often we play word games in
the pulpit, sing syncopated nonsense and call it church music – or worse,
praise, and fight over who pays for the hot dogs when the God Squad goes on it’s
next spiritual retreat at Circus World. Secular society doesn’t hate the Church;
it doesn’t take the Church that seriously. The world knows it’s in deep trouble,
so it can’t take time for our stained glass amusement centers; it doesn’t see
that we have very much to do with reality. We’re in this fix because too many of
our leaders are intellectual children. "
- Roger Chambers

I wish I could've known this brother. Thankfully technology has preserved some of his work. For the enitre article click here.

Good Bye Jesse

The headline from Drudge: "Conservative icon Jesse Helms dead at 86"

By now you probably know that I'm one of those right wingers & a paleoconservative. The commentators are right - Jesse Helms was one of our guys. I never knew Helms to roll over & go soft like so many other "conservatives" & republicans. Many of his weak compromising peers were vacilating while Helms stood firm. He would drive the liberal types nuts and I loved it! I'm sure the "mainstream" press will use this opportunity to rehash Helm's "extreme views." I'm sure we will hear how he opposed the MLK holiday too. Ronald Reagan once said of Helms, "Bit by bit, he became more than a lonely crusader. He grew into a lionhearted leader of a great and growing army." I was a big fan of the late Senator as was my father (who was also a Carolinian). I never got to vote for Senator Helms as a Virginian but I did go to college in NC during his time in office. Wow, things have changed down there: John Edwards & Bob Dull's wife, Elizabeth! Jesse Helms will be missed. Maybe we will see someone like him again, but given the trends, its doubtful.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

AKA "Sprocket"

"Sprocket" over at Insipid Garbage is saying something again. I crossed paths with this blogger & brother on a internet discussion board many moons ago. He was a posting machine. I liked him right away and usually found myself in the same corner with him during many of those discussions (debates). He wrote very well, was insightful, and his keen wit flavored many of his posts. He was conservative without being a neanderthal & progressive without being an airhead compromiser. I got to meet Robert at a convention a couple of years ago and he stopped in at Olivet on a Sunday during his vacation last year. I'm glad he's out here in the blogosphere. If you haven't checked him out, I hope you do.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I was thinking....

...about the various jobs I've had. I don't have any real skills, but I do have experience. I'm sure I've missed something but here they are...
  • Made screens for windows & helped install storm doors & windows.
  • Helper/Laborer for mecahnical company...A/C, plumbing, boilers, etc. I got to run a jackhammer which is probably the most macho job I've ever done.
  • Cleaned pools. (Yuck!)
  • Worked on campus doing "maintenance" & grounds stuff at Christopher Newport University.
  • Delivered flowers. Got lost a few times too.
  • Sold memberships at a private purchasing club (Uniway).
  • Briefly tried insurance sales.
  • Material handler...became fork lift driver as well a stockpicker operator (anybody know what that is?).
  • Supervisor in a telephone center...later specialized in sales, promotions & training.
  • Manager in a warehouse: 3rd Shift Stocking, Picking, Receiving, etc. (I moved around a lot).
  • Account Executive (radio sales guy). Outside sales & cold calling can beat you down but I did fairly well.
  • I'm currently in paid ministry at a local church.
Some of those weren't the most fun inherently, but I usually had a good time anyway. I like people and I met a lot of them and even made a few memories. I wonder what my future holds. I occasionally think about trying my own business, but never go beyond just mental gymnastics & hypotheticals.

I wonder what the future holds. If it's like the past it should be unpredictable that's for sure.