Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Kirk Franklin - Looking For You

Kirk Franklin's brand new album, Hero, will be released on October 4th. You can pre-order a special autographed Signature Edition of Hero online now for only $11.97 and also get a free Hero bracelet with your order (what a deal!). Go to Kirk Franklin's new website,, to see the making of Hero. You can listen to the first single from the new album, Looking For You, at Kirk Franlin's new website, Looking For You is also available for download from iTunes.

Yesterday I signed up for The Takeover. The Takeover is Kirk Franklin's Official Street Team. You should check out The Takeover's website:

Tonight at 10 P.M. E/P you can watch Kirk Franklin presents The Takeover on TBN (Channel 51 on Cox Digital Cable in the D.C. area). It will also air at 2 A.M. E/P and 5 P.M. E/P tomorrow. You don't want to miss this show!

Cinderella Man

Last night I saw Cinderella Man at the University Mall Theatres (it was $2 Tuesday). Cinderella Man is a movie based on the life of Jim Braddock, a boxer who made a comeback during the Great Depression. I rate it 4.5 (out of 5) stars. Russell Crowe is one of my favorite actors. I'm going to watch The Constant Gardener today and Transporter 2 on Friday.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Prison Break

Tonight I watched the series premiere of Prison Break on Fox. The premiere ran from 8-10 P.M. Prison Break will air on Mondays at 9 P.M./8 C. It looks like it's going to be a good show.

After Prison Break, I watched Wanted. I missed it last night because I was watching the MTV Video Music Awards. I liked watching Kanye West, Shakira, and Mariah Carey perform.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Mr.and Mrs. Smith

Last night I saw Mr.and Mrs. Smith at the Fairfax Corner 14 theater with Paul and Erica. Paul and Erica are a couple that I met at Crosspointe last Sunday. They came over after church today and Erica made lunch for us. (Joe, Debbie, and Evan went to their condo on the beach in South Carolina this morning. They'll be back next Monday.) I rate Mr. and Mrs. Smith 4 (out of 5) stars. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had good chemistry. I'm looking forward to seeing Transporter 2 and The Constant Gardener this week.

Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks

Last Sunday and today I attended Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks. Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks is an Assembly of God (Pentecostal) church in Fairfax, VA. I also attended Centerpointe's Young Adult group, Crosspointe. Crosspointe meets Sunday nights at 6:00 P.M.

When I lived in Gainesville, FL I attended First Assembly of God. I did not attend church regularly while living in S.L.C., UT. I'm glad that I've found a good church to attend in Fairfax.

I've Got A Lot To Learn

Yesterday I went to the Open Sparring session at Complete Fitness Concepts again. I warmed up by sparring with a new guy who had no martial arts training. He wasn't much of a challenge. Then Duke, who is one of the Apprentice Instructors, taught me some stuff while we were sparring. He spent so much time training me that he lost out on 20 minutes of his Private Lesson with Dan. I really appreciated him taking that extra time to teach me. Duke is a former Marine that has studied martials for ten years. He is very good at sparring and he is also a very good trainer. I learned a lot from him.

Something that I realized while learning from Duke yesterday was that although I may be able to handle the average guy in a bar, I've got a lot to learn about fighting a trained fighter. Dan and Duke are both very good trainers. I'm very glad that I have begun training at Complete Fitness Concepts.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Island

Tonight I saw The Island at University Mall Theatres. I rate it 4.5 (out of 5) stars. It was awesome! It's main stars were Scarlett Johansson (I think I'm in love ;) ) and Ewan McGregor. It also starred Djimon Hounsou (he was in Constantine and Gladiator) and Steve Buscemi (he was in Armageddon, Con Air, and Desperado). I'm looking forward to seeing Transporter 2 next weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Over There

Last week my brother, Peter, suggested that I watch Over There. Last night I watched it. It airs on Wednesdays at 10 PM/9C on FX. Over There is a show about American soldiers in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I like this show. The story is well written and the actors are good.

The Fight That I Lost

While doing Night Club Security ("Bouncer") and Personal Protection ("Bodyguard") work for the past 9 years, I have been in many fights and I have had to remove many people from clubs. There is only one fight that I would say I have lost. It was against 5 guys.

I had met one of the individuals who attacked me while working Security for Phil when he was a promoter for Banana Joe's on Tuesday nights. A lady that I knew was at Banana Joe's. She came and told me that this guy (I'll call him "Grabby") had grabbed her and wouldn't get off of her until another customer, I think it was his cousin, pulled him off of her. I was angry at him for doing this, and was tempted to "punish" him (beat him up), but I knew that I had to be a "professional" and just tell him to leave the club. I told him to leave and he argued but he still left.

When she was leaving I walked her to her car. Grabby was outside with his cousin. As I was walking her to car, Grabby started "talking trash" to me. Instead of letting him escalate the situation (although I was tempted to do just that) I told him to go home. His cousin, knowing who I was, convinced him that it was in his best interest to do so.

A week or two later, I was working for Phil at another club he was a promoter for, Club Axis, on a Saturday night. Grabby got kicked out of there too. Later that night I was working Security for an after-hours spot in S.L.C. called Cello's. Grabby and a friend (I'll call him "Wanksta") showed up. I told them they weren't allowed to come in. A little bit later Theory (a.k.a. Dissaster) and Fate, who I did Personal Security for when they did their hip hop shows, came down to hang out. They spent most of the night hanging out in front of Cello's.

About an hour after Cello's had been open, Theory told me that someone was harrassing him because he was wearing red. This guy (I'll call him "Insecure") was implying that Theory was a "Blood" (that's a gang whose members wear red clothing - they are enemies of the Crypts, who wear blue clothing). I walked over to Insecure and told him that Theory wasn't invloved in any gangs and wasn't looking for trouble so he shouldn't be either. He told me that it was "all good"and that he was "just playin".

At the end of the night, as Cello's was closing, Theory called me over to where Fate and him were standing. Insecure and two of his friends (I'll call them "Lemming 1" and "Lemming 2") were trying to provoke Theory and Fate into fighting them. While I was de-escalating the situation, Luis, one of the owners of Cello's came over to help. Grabby ran up out of nowhere, and shoved Luis over a table. I tackled Grabby and then got up. Insecure was attacking Luis. I ran up and pushed him back. Then Grabby, Wanksta, Insecure, Lemming 1, and Lemming 2 surrounded me and knocked me down to my knees. I protected myself the best I could, but I took several kicks to the head, arms (I was trying to protect my head), ribs, and butt. Then they ran off.

I got up (I was down but not out) and Luis and I chased after Grabby and Wanksta. They had a good head start on us and they got away. While we were chasing Grabby and Wanksta, the other three, Insecure, Lemming 1, and Lemming 2, got in their car and drove away. Marcello, the other owner of Cello's, had seen what happened and chased after them in his car. He called the police and followed them until the police caught them. Marcello called us and we went over there to talk to the police. All the police did was search their car and give them a ticket for an open bottle of alcohol that they had in their car. Then they let them go. I wasn't too happy that they let them go but there wasn't anything I could do about it. I had a few knots on my head and my ribs and butt were sore for a few days, but I didn't need to go to the hospital and I still worked Security for Phil three days later at Banana Joe's. The most important thing is that Theory & Fate didn't get touched.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Tonight I'm watching Dog the Bounty Hunter. This show airs Tuesdays at 9 PM/8 C on A&E. Duane Lee Chapman, b.k.a. "Dog", is an ex-convict turned bounty hunter. His wife (Beth), third son (Leland), second son (Duane Lee), and "brother" (Tim) work with him. Dog is a born-again Christian. In addition to catching fugitives, he also tries to help these people turn their lives around. I really like this show. It would be fun to be a bounty hunter.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Red Eye

Last night I saw Red Eye at the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas. Red Eye is a thriller by Wes Craven. I rate it 3.5 (out of 5) stars. I'm looking forward to seeing Transporter 2 on September 2nd.

Nick Cannon - "Can I Live?"

I like Nick Cannon's new video, "Can I Live?". It's a beautiful song with a strong message. I am pro-life. One of my favorite quotes is:

"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."

Saturday, August 20, 2005


Yesterday Evan and I saw Valiant. I rate it 3 (out of 5) stars. Valiant is a Disney movie about homing pigeons delivering messages during WW II. It was short (only 1 hour and 16 minutes) but it had some funny parts.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Stop Illegal Internet Porn

The Internet is under siege from pornographers who are illegally using your computer to harm your family and your children. In an effort to safeguard our homes, children, families, businesses, schools and libraries from unwanted and illegal online pornography, Grassfire has launched a national petition to stop Illegal Internet Porn.

To date, we’ve delivered hundreds of thousands of petitions, and met with key leaders in both the U.S. Justice Department and the Senate—DEMANDING REAL ACTION BE TAKEN AGAINST THE PROLIFERATION OF INTERNET PORN.

Our efforts have made a positive impact, but there is more work to be done—especially considering the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court barring enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act.

Grassfire will be presenting petitions in support of the Internet Safety and Child Protection Act of 2005 during the first week of August. This bill, introduced by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK) proposes a 25 percent federal tax on Internet porn, and tougher requirements for accessing adult Web sites to help prevent children from being victimized.

Grassfire is seeking to mobilize 440,000 citizen signers to take part in this presentation who are standing against the proliferation of Internet pornography! Please sign this petition now!

Monday, August 15, 2005


Last night I watched Wanted on TNT. It comes on every Sunday night at 10/9c. Wanted is a crime thriller that follows an elite team of crime fighters from various federal and local law enforcement agencies as they track down L.A.'s 100 most wanted fugitives. I really like this show. I'm planning on watching it every week.

The Dukes of Hazzard

Yesterday I saw The Dukes of Hazzard. I rate it 3.5 (out of 5) stars. It lost 1/2 of a star because Seann William Scott was in it but it gained 1 star because it had Jessica Simpson in it (she's so gorgeous).

Diet Sodas and Sport Drinks are Bad for You

In a recent newsletter from Matt Furey, he quoted an article at that talked about a study showing that people who drink diet soda gain weight. You should go read the article now.

In another recent newsletter Sean Furey, Matt Furey's brother, tells us that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda are bad for you too. Here is an excerpt from that newsletter:

The chemicals contained in Diet Soda are a powerful contributor in the fat focker epidemic. In addition to stimulating your appetite, increasing your carbohydrate cravings, and facilitating fat storage and weight gain, artificial sweeteners like aspartame (NutraSweet) and sucralose (Splenda) contain a Pandora 's Box of other goodies.

No Splenda advertisement will ever tell you that chemists add three chlorine molecules to sugar molecules to create the final product. No Splenda ad will say that there product could:

  • Screw up insulin regulation.
  • Shrink the thymus gland.
  • Enlarge your liver and kidneys.
  • Reduce your growth rate.
  • Give you diarrhea.
  • Reduce your red cell count.
When you see all the ads for Diet Soda, none of them will say that aspartame can trigger or worsen:

Brain Tumors...Multiple Sclerosis...Epilepsy...Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...Parkinson's disease...Alzheimer's...Mental Retardation...Lymphoma...Birth defects Fibromyalgia...Diabetes.

Just keep these things in mind when you stop at the local 7-11, grocery store, or restaurant, and want something to drink.

If you want to lose wait, I recommend drinking a lot of water and purchasing The Furey Fat Loss System.

God has blessed me with a high metabolism and I don't like diet soda anyway. However, I have quit drinking Gatorade. Gatorade (and other sport drinks including Powerade and Propel) also have the toxic artificial sweeteners, aspartame and sucralose. So don't drink diet sodas or sport drinks.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Four Brothers

Las night I saw Four Brothers at the Fairfax Corner 14 in Fairfax. I rate it 4.5 (out of 5) stars. Mark Wahlberg played his role very well. While there I saw previews for two movies I want to see: Domino (Keira Knightley kicks butt as a bounty hunter) and Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron kicks butt as an assassin).

Complete Fitness Concepts

Yesterday afternoon I went to Complete Fitness Concepts to train in Self Defense. In addition to their Combat Jeet Kune Do and Tactical Ground Fighting classes during the week, they also have Open Training, which is free for anyone and everyone, on Saturdays at 12:30 P.M. I will be going to the Open Training every Saturday that I am able to (I am "off" most weekends). In 6 weeks I am going to start taking Private Lessons from the Head Instructor, Dan Mikeska. I have never had any Self Defense or Matial Arts training so I am glad that I have found such a great place to begin training in Self Defense!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Our Property Rights Have Been Taken Away!

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken away our Fifth Amendment Rights and paved the way for our property to be siezed! I have just signed a national petition demanding the court restore my Fifth Amendment Rights, and am urging you to do the same by clicking here.

Friday, August 12, 2005

The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D

Today Evan and I saw The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D with Vivian, Loren, Katy, and Kristin. I rate it 2.5 (out of 5) stars. It was my first 3-D movie. The kids really enjoyed it and that is why we went to this movie so I'm happy.

Why Evil Flourishes

Here is an excerpt from an email that CBFTW recieved from his Battalion Commander, "Knute Lombatton":

"I believe that we are making progress in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Despite the ravings of pundits and uninformed ambulance chasers, this fight doesn't' hinge on oil or payback. It isn't about religion or race. And it damn sure is not about any innate desire to rule the world. These people will succeed or fail on their own merits. The task is daunting. You can release a person from bondage. You can remove a tyrant from power. You can create the conditions for liberty. But, you cannot simply grant or proclaim freedom. Freedom without honest action is a whisper in a storm just as change without vision and purpose is the illusion of progress. For ages these people were literally beaten to the point of submission by oppression, censure, murder, torture, and rape - regardless of age or gender. I have asked myself why they let it happen. The only answer I can fathom is that evil flourished because good people refused to pay the price required to oppose it. Sure, it's easy now to pontificate and blame the poor and down trodden for their collective indifference, but forgive my sarcasm - I think we owe them more than a couple of days to realize that their hopes and dreams have a chance to grow and one day flourish. No amount of rhetoric and no pressing agenda will change the fact that time is required to help heal these people and that ancient grievances require redress. Make no mistake: I'm no crusader -I do what I do because I am a professional soldier. For me it's been simple: protect the innocent, punish the deserving, accomplish my mission and bring my men home, period."

His statement that "...evil flourished because good people refused to pay the price required to oppose it" is similar to one of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein: "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

Thursday, August 11, 2005

More Fun at the Pool

Today Evan and I went to the pool again. Every Monday & Thursday is Raft Night at the pool. This is a night where the kids can bring their inflatable rafts to the pool. Thursdays is also Pizza Night for Evan and I. We order pizza from Domino's Pizza.

Last Thursday we met an 11 year old girl named Loren, her little twin sisters, and their nanny Vivian. Last Thursday they shared their pizza with us so today we shared ours with them. Today I spent a lot of time throwing Loren's little twin sisters, Katy and Kristin. I would pick them up and throw them a short distance over and over again. It made me happy to help them have a lot of fun.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

My Favorite Posts 4

What's Going On
When You're Running Behind...
Utah LAN Party
Working at The Filling Station
Naught's Solved by War
Van's Warped Tour 2005
Moving to Virginia
Working the 2005 U-92 Summer Jam
My New Job
Tackle Water Basketball

Tackle Water Basketball

Today and yesterday Evan and I went to the pool. Both days we played "Tackle Water Basketball". Because I am 6'4" tall and we were playing on a 6' basket we had to modify regular water basketball to make it more fair. When I was on offense the other team was allowed to tackle me to try to stop me from scoring. Goaltending wasn't allowed. Yesterday it was me vs. Evan, Jamie (our neighbor), and Matt. I easily won yesterday.

Today it was me vs. Evan and 5 other kids. It was more of a challenge and also more fun. I still won but I got a good workout scoring. They seemed to enjoy playing defense (tackling me) more than playing offense. We all had fun.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Caffeine is Bad for You

In a recent newsletter from Sean Furey, Matt Furey's brother, he
quoted the following excerpt from a book titled Caffeine Blues:
“If all you wanted to do was make money, how would you
design the perfect product? Well,
it would be incredibly
cheap to make, and the market would be enormous: basically
woman, and child. It would be consumable,
something people would buy every day. But to be
the perfect
product, it would have to be addictive. People would crave
the product for its effect
but, more importantly, they
would suffer if they did not buy it. Importantly, this
would be firmly established by age seven or eight,
for maximum lifelong consumption.”

In the forward to this book Dr. Jesse Lynn Hanley says:

“Caffeine is clearly addictive, completely unregulated,
and its presence in our foods and
beverages is often hidden.
The drug…(let me repeat that)…the drug…contributes to
panic attacks, hypoglycemia, gastritis,
fatigue, insomnia, and PMS, to name a few. Some people
so sensitive to caffeine that they don’t realize a fruit
drink with hidden caffeine can cause
their symptoms.”

I don't drink coffee. I used to drink soda a lot (there was
a fridge full of it sitting behind me when I worked at
GoodGame). I plan on only drinking soda a maximium of once
per week if at all. I also plan to drink more water. I
think this will make me more healthy.

Monday, August 08, 2005

My New Job

I like my new job. My new employers, Joe & Debbie, are really nice people. They have taken me out to eat a few times over the past 5 days. Tonight we went to Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. It's one of those place where the chefs grill your food at your table and have fun doing it. The food was really good and it was a fun experience. They also gave me an advance on this week's pay so I could get some sneakers from Big & Tall Casual Male (my boots are starting to fall apart and they didn't go with my bathing suit).

Evan, the 11 year old boy I am a manny for, is a good kid. We went swimming for several hours on Thursday and today. We've also played Runescape quite a bit. He has a Playstation 2 and I brought my X-Box so I'm sure we'll enjoy playing those. He spent the weekend with his mom (Joe & Debbie are his grandparents and legal guardians). We are going swimming again tomorrow. I think I'm going to enjoy this new job.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Working the 2005 U-92 Summer Jam

On Saturday I worked Security for the V.I.P. Tour Bus backstage at the 2005 U-92 Summer Jam at the Utah State Fairpark. This year's U-92 Summer Jam featured the Ying Yang Twins, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Tech N9ne, NB Ridaz, Lil’ Rob, DJ Quik, Ebony Eyez, and Owee. I was working for Gil Medina, the promoter. The V.I.P. area was set up backstage. There was a tour bus set up backstage for a few select V.I.P.s and the artists. I was responsible for making sure that only those select V.I.P.s and the artists got on the bus. I didn't see much of the concert but I saw most of the artists up close.

I ran into two ladies that recognized me because 8 years ago when I was doing security for concerts I saved them from getting crushed in the crowd at a concert at Saltair. It felt good to know that someone appreciated the job I do. I invited them to the After-Party which was at Room 32. Tech N9ne came to the After-Party and I helped do security for him. It was a long day but I enjoyed working and I got paid so it was a good day.


On Friday John and I saw Stealth at the Megaplex 17. I rate it 4 (out of 5) stars. About halfway through I would have rated it 3 stars but it got better during the second half. Jessica Biel is so very beautiful. I plan on seeing The Dukes of Hazzard sometime this weekend or next week. I'm going to miss John when I move to Virginia.