Thursday, February 26, 2009

Too much money

I ride the Patco Hi-Speedline train from Jersey to Philly just about every work day.

The most this train can charge you from the farthest Jersey station to any Philly station is 5.40 for a round trip ticket.

The new plastic "Freedom" card as pictured above can hold money and acts like a bank for you.

Generally I put about a hundred-bucks on the card and it takes me about 5-6 weeks to deplete that hundred dollars.

I am always thinking about HOW rich we really are.

How embarrassed I am by our richness. Last night I was talking to one of my best friends, Tony and I asked him how many people died from the whole peanut-butter salmonella thing of recent months. He said, "six", it was nine.
Then I asked how many people die worldwide of starvation every day....he pondered and pondered....thinking.
"3,000" was his guess and 30,000 is the answer.

But, I digress.....when you swipe the Freedom Card in the machine it tells you the remaining total and from no fault of my own you always get to see the balance of the persons in front of you.

Today I saw a balance of: 616.00

If this person rode every day, five days a week for the highest fare possible that would be TWENTY-THREE WEEKS worth of rides.

Can we not find better use of our money as a whole?

meanwhile the cripple on the corner cries out "nickels for your pity"

Friday, February 20, 2009

9 people & peanut butter


The media has covered this.

We are all aware of it.

30,000 people die ever single day due to starvation....where is the media?

I love peanut butter and once named a dog Skippy after my fave peanut butter.

peace love & understanding

there's this song "Peace, Love & Understanding".

the theme is "what's so funny about peace, love & understanding" NOTHING, nothing at all.

we could all gain to stand some lessons from those three things.

Peace- ahhhhh......tranqulity

Love- the greatest of these...

Understanding- O' to understand!

Tomorrow night I w/b playing this song in front a good 20+ people, playing and singing....if only they listen.

I know I will be...listening that is.



Thursday, February 12, 2009

it's official

i am out of control

someone needs to stop me.

I am not kidding......see I am on the train and we just stoppped at Wilmington and these boys got on....really they were just boys although if I told them I thought they were boys I am sure it would not have looked good....but the truth is they are Marines, but REALLY they are wonder why I don't call earth HOME????

Look around!

What d.......guess what.....out of control says: that's all you get. Fill in the blanks yourself.

You really don't want to hear what I have to say...

with love,


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

to show I still smile

This is Felix. I work with Felix in Philly. He is also a college student and I really like him. He is funny and a pretty swell, yes swell, guy.

That is Felix's tattoo. Yup, Felix has a mustache tattooed on his finger.

Honestly...I think it is pretty clever.
it makes me smile cause he is a nut enough to do it and cause it's just plain funny

what i am playing

I Will Rise-Chris Tomlin
Put Yout Lights On- Sanatana
Peace, Love & Understanding- Nick Lowe as performed by Elvis
Babaji- Supertramp
Everybody Hurts- R.E.M.
Waiting For My Real Life To Begin- Colin Hey
The Cure For Pain- Jon Foreman
thankful for His grace :)

Monday, February 09, 2009


Today I became the deacon of missions @ my church.

I also prepared the worship songs....most would say I led singing...I am really struggle on "what" to call song leading. I really see leadership as serving....

It was an amazing day

Glory to Him!

Becoming a deacon (for the 2nd time...long story :) was awesome in the fact that I now have purpose in my church body...we can say, more purpose lol.

The most beautiful or amazing part of the day today was when the house arose in the 8:00 AM hour. My favorite daughter had to work today so she did not attend worship :( HOWEVER....unlike the days of my children longing to jump in my arms and be cuddled and loved today was marked by one of the most simplest of things. A verbal sigh. if you will from my daughter when, as we readied for church and she prepared for work she realized I would be singing w/the church with our prepared songs.....when she realized that, and knew she would not be in attendance she sighed. It was as if she ran into my arms upon my arrival home from work when she was five years old.....that "sigh" of her disappointment.

People are to be cherished and loved.

Life is, but a mist.

live it before it evaporates.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I am a live music junkie and am as skilled as anyone can be in obtaining tickets for shows. It really is a dice roll. What with pre-sales and exclusive memberships it is always a bear. I have "slept out" for countless shows at countless malls and ticket venues and sometimes these sleepouts were in vain. Springsteen....1st in line @ the door only to be etched out 100% and not get a ticket due to people's names on a line list that were not there all night.

I don't like to present the problem and not have a viable solution as in this case....and I don't have a solution. Scalpers exist because WE, not necessarily me, are willing to use money for our means. I have seen it. A good friend of mine purchased super expensive Police tickets and I guarantee she could not name the 1st can talk and talk powerfully.

So why all this ranting and raving???

Ray LaMontagne-- 4/4/08 @ the Tower in Philly....8th row! S-W-E-E-T
and not just two tickets, but 4!

I missed out on Springsteens tixs yesterday that conveniently went on sale the day after his Superbowl performance, and more then likely I will hit that show ( i have my secrets)....but right now I have 4 tixs to see a man who really has passion....and that is something I love to see.

now...who to bring.
I think I have that figured out too....will try and let you know later ;)