Archive - June, 2008

Happy Birthday BigIsTheNewSmall.com

birhday.jpgFor the record my blog has not been down all year long and on BigIsTheNewSmall’s 1st Birthday (early this morning) it got hacked or something and my hosting company www.hostmonster.com had to fix it.  That’s why the Birthday Post is so late…  someone really loves me LOL!  

It has been one year since I launched this random blog that you have come to know as BigIsTheNewSmall.com.  The blog name and overall thought of blogging was inspired by Mr. Blogger himself Seth Godin and his book Small Is the New Big; I wonder if Seth will stop by and say Happy Birthday? (Not a chance)  I want to acknowledge that there would not be a BigIsTheNewSmall without you guys/gals reading… thanks for reading!

Some One Year Stuff:

I have enjoyed connecting with each and every one of you that comment; as well as some of you silent readers.  I originally started blogging because it was the hapinin’ thing to do and I could get some of this random junk out of my head…. here we are one year later. 

I have a few of questions; if you don’t answer the questions at least just give a shout out and say Happy Birthday! (Even You Silent and RSS Readers!)

  • How did you find BigIsTheNewSmall? 
  • What type of posts do you enjoy the most and what would you like to hear more of?
  • Who’s comments do you enjoy reading?
  • Any other thoughts, posts, comments or memories of BigIsTheNewSmall.com?
  • What can we do to make it better for year two?

BigIsTheNewSmall

"Big" Party on Monday!

I tried to post this at the airport; however I had some connectivity problems.

The “Big” Party that I am referring to is BigIsTheNewSmall’s 1st Birthday. That’s right will be one year up and rolling, as of Monday.

We will take a look back at year one on Monday and I want to let you know in advance that the only thing BigIsTheNewSmall.com wants for its birthday is linkluv and comments. This will be Pimp My Blog Birthday Edition. Again any LinkLuv and comments will be appreciated on Monday, tell you readers to even drop by, comment and show some linkluv. Thanks for reading and I”ll see you; or rather hear from you on Monday. Holler!

How long have you been blogging or reading blogs?

Got Receipts 4 (of 4)

Forget receipts today!  Which payment type is your preferred method for your daily purchases?  Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card or Other?  I’m not sure what Other would be; however I just thought it would be a good additional option!

Got Receipts? 3 (of 4)

Business or Location:

  • Atlanta Braves (Turner Field):   Aramark Sports & Entertainment

The Receipt: Check #4084

  • $5.25    Large Soda          
  • $7.00    Georgia Dog    
  • $6.75    Chili CHZ Fries
  • $19.00  TOTAL

The Experience: 

  • My wife and I split this meal of course.  The extra-long all beef Georgia Dog was messy and not very good; they need some of that good Oklahoma Beef… “It’s What’s for Dinner!” Obviously Professional Sports food is outrageously priced and our food was definitely not worth the $19.00. 

Special Notes:

  • The Stadium was extremely nice relative to the fact that we have only attended two MLB stadiums, this Atlanta one and the San Francisco Giants when Bonds was chasing the record.  I had a guy named Dustin come up to me and introduce himself to me; he attends my campus (LifeChurch.tv’ers are everywhere), he is in Atlanta on Business.  Not only that, my old boss from about 8 years ago when I worked in corrections sat in front of us.  The Braves played horrible for 8 innings and tried to mount a come back in the ninth, but came up short 4-3.  BTW- I found out why the beer, peanuts, cotton candy…. guys are always yelling and hustling so hard; they get a .50-.75 cents commission off of each sale.

The Question:

  • Do you generally sneak food/snacks into movie theaters or sports stadiums?
  • Who is your favorite sports team: college, semi-pro or professional? 

Got Receipts? 2 (of 4)

Business or Location:

The Receipt: Check #0099

  • $5.39    Brownie Sundae          
  • $9.79    Carne Asada Taco    
  • $15.18  Subtotal
  • $1.21    Sales Tax
  • $5.00   Tip
  • $21.39  TOTAL

 The Experience: 

  • My wife and I split the Carne Asada Tacos and we substituted one of the Carne Asada tacos for a Buffalo Chicken Taco.  We also had some of the hotter salsa made up.  “Shawn” our server said “This is what the people in the kitchen make up and eat themselves.”  It was green and made w/ avocados (it was excellent).  We always try to split meals and sometimes even order off of the kids menu.  The server “Shawn” was excellent, he kept my water and chips full at all times and he had great interpersonal skills.  He even got some extra brownie points; keep reading in Special Notes.  We enjoyed eating on the patio and the overall experience and it was definitely worth the $21.39

Special Notes:

  • As we were eating we overheard two ladies at the table behind us talking about the Bible and one lady was trying to convince the other lady how the book of Genisis couldn’t be true because of the dinosaurs, some Oprah stuff and yada, yada, yada.  Our Server “Shawn” engaged in the conversation and just flat broke them off with some teaching and preaching that you wouldn’t believe.  If you are ever in Atlanta or live in Atlanta; go to the Buckhead On The Border and ask for “Shawn.”  He told us that he attends World Changers Church with Pastor Creflo Dollar.

The Question:

  • Do you generally split your meal when you go out to restaurants?
  • Do you engage in uninvited conversations; with topics like the one “Shawn” engaged in? Thoughts?

Got Receipts? 1 (of 4)

There is something about spending your money and the experience/interactions that you have during each and every transaction.  Receipts are often indicators or reminders of those experiences; or at least they are a reminder of how much you are spending.  This week I will be posting some receipts; since I am in ATL w/out a fax and scanner I will just give you a virtual receipt.

Business or Location:

  • Eminence Nails and Spa:   3495 Buckhead Loop N.E.  Suite 230; Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.846-1555 www.enailsspa.com

The Receipt: (Grand Opening Sale)

  • $26.00 Spa Pedicure w/ French Manicure (Wife)
  • $21.00 Spa Pedicure (Me)
  • $47.00 Total

 The Experience: 

  • My wife and I both got Spa Pedicures and massage chair massages.  The place was new, extremely nice and customer service was great.  We also got some kinda bamboo massages, with some pressure-point foot thing  (highly recommended).  We both enjoyed the overall experience and it was definitely worth the $47.00

Special Notes:

  • Apparently some of the Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks go to this place; and the lady who did my feet did Sean “P-Diddy” Combs not long ago.  My wife and I caught the train to attend Buckhead Church and walked across the street from the church to find this place.  We did get to hang with Mr. Ragamuffin Soul himself Carlos Whitaker; he gave us the tour of their “Big Time” Buckhead facility.   

The Question:

  • Fellas do you get pedicures/manicures and ladies do you want your guys to get pedicures/manicures?  Comments, thoughts; go ahead, call me metrosexual!

Friday Drive-by (21)

RANDOM BULLETS: Friday Drive-by (21) 

LifeChurch.tv Northwest Oklahoma City Campus: “N-dub”

  • Week Three of One Prayer “Ed Young” is Speaking!

  • Over 200 People from the “N-dub” are going on the “One Prayer” Oak Grove micro-mission.

  • Looking for a new LifeKids Director; my current LifeKids Pastor is going to be my Campus Admin.  If you are interested, you can check out the Job Description here.

My Life:

  • Campus Pastor Forum is tonight and tomm. 

  • We are going to Atlanta Tomorrow; I’m looking forward to the time off. 

  • My boys basketball season starts this coming week.

Featured Bloggers & Frequent Commenters: Check out their sites!

  • Dusty: The Randomness of Dusty Takle
  • Jonathan: The Little Pastor
  • Roger: Roll Mental Camera
  • Bert: Men On Purpose
  • Mike: Indescript

 Blog Ramblings:

  • BigIsTheNewSmall will have it’s 1st. Birthday June 30th.  (LinkLuv and comments on Birthday will be appreciated)
  • If you have linked BigIsTheNewSmall, let me know so that I can show you some LinkLuv.  Be sure you subscribe to my blog by clicking the subscribe button at the top right or click here.
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Quotes:

You can’t get where you need to be until you recognize where you are.  Me

Get Your Drive-by On!

If you have any random thoughts or comments, please share!

Question:

Do you or your church participate in small groups?  Do you feel that small groups are helpful, necessary, effective… Why or Why Not?

Have a great weekend, I’ll be blogging from the ATL next week! 

We Are Going to the ATL!

atl.jpgOkay my wife and I are leaving this Saturday and going to Atlanta for about a week get-a-way.  We are going w/ another couple, who are good friends of both of ours and the wife is actually on staff at the LifeChurch.tv Tulsa Campus.  We will be staying in downtown Atlanta.  I might go check out this guy at Buckhead while I am in town. 

I would like to get your input on some must do’s for entertainment, sight-seeing and dining in Atlanta.  Please share!

This Is What Today Looks Like!

  • 5:00 Wake-up, Read, God Time, Thinking
  • 6:30-8:00 Breakfast Meeting w/ LifeChurch.tv OKC Metro Campus Pastors and Regional Campus Pastor
  • 8:00-8:15 Transition drive home
  • 8:15-9:00 E-mails and minor work details
  • 9:00-10:00 Message Preparation for Switch (Student Ministry Message I’m speaking tonight)
  • 10:00-10:30 Transition drive to Campus
  • 10:30-11:00 Talk through message again w/ my youth pastors
  • 11:00-11:30 Meeting w/ team member
  • 11:30-11:45 Transition to lunch appt.
  • 11:45-1:00 Lunch Meeting
  • 1:00-2:00 Message Preparation
  • 2:00-3:00 Hangin’ w/ my team
  • 3:00-3:45 Strategy time and preparation for me being off this weekend
  • 3:45-4:00 Transition to accountability meeting at Starbuck’s
  • 4:00-5:15 Accountability Meeting
  • 5:15-5:35 Transition to meet my wife and boys at Karate
  • 5:35-6:35 Hang w/ wife while watching boys do their Karate
  • 6:35-6:55 Transition back to campus to Speak at Switch (Student Ministry)
  • 6:55-7:20 Hangin’ w/ students and preparing to speak
  • 7:20-7:45 Speak Message “Rebellion and Grace”
  • 7:45-8:00 Hang w/ students
  • 8:00-8:30 Transition to Starbucks or dinner to meet this lady’s husband who is in town for the Campus Pastor Forum.  The Forum features 15 different campus pastors, 1 representative from 15 different multi-site churches around the country, hosted by this group.
  • 8:30-9:30  Chat w/ Chris over dinner
  • 9:30-9:45 Go Home
  • 9:45-10:30 Hang w/ family
  • 10:30-12:15ish (Or until they fall asleep) Movie time w/ boys (Wife has to get some cases closed so we can go out of town to the ATL)
  • 12:15ish to 12:45 Late night reading, ramblings and writing
  • Bed Time and do some version of this all over again… Tomm. evening LaKendria and I are hosting a dinner event at our house; with all of our LifeKids Experience Captain volunteers and their spouses.

What does your day look like or at least what does part of your day look like!

Daddy Has Already Paid For It!

My two son’s and I had stopped by the local 7-Eleven to get a couple of Big Gulps after Karate; they are on sale for .59 cents.  As they were going to get their drinks, I went ahead and stopped by the counter to pay for the drinks.  My oldest son Wesley(9) saw me pay for them; however Jayden(5) didn’t see me pay because he was still getting his drink; probably making a suicide (mixing flavors) or something.  Here goes the conversation before leaving the store:

  • Wesley: This is good!
  • Jayden: You can’t drink that yet
  • Wesley: Yes I can
  • Jayden: No you can’t; daddy has to pay for it
  • Wesley: Daddy has already paid for it
  • Jayden: No he didn’t, what are you talking about
  • Wesley: You know like Jesus has already paid for our sins; Duh!
  • Jayden: Oh

Lessons Learned From Kids! 

Do you have kids? If so, how many and how old?  What lessons are they teaching you? 

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! 

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