Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my friends out there! I have had an excellent holiday today...watching my baby boy open presents for his first Christmas ever. I had no idea what it would mean to me to be a daddy watching his son sit under the Christmas tree, surrounded in bright shiny packages...tugging at bows, ripping wrapping paper....and loving every minute of it. Words cannot describe it. It's the best Christmas present I've ever received. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day. God bless. Tim

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What's In a Name?

I was doing some research on my blog...to see where my visitors come from and what search words they use to find my blog. In the course of that research, I came across an interesting page that taught me all sorts of things about my own name. (I especially love the fact that I'm poorly "envoweled." Ha! Check it out: Etymology*: Forename: Origin: Greek (Root: Timothy)Meaning: Honored by God (I've also heard it defined as "honoring God."

Top 5 Facts:

  1. 25% of the letters are vowels. Of one million first and last names we looked at, 92.6% have a higher vowel make-up. This means you are poorly envoweled.
  2. Backwards, it is Mit Nnelg... nice ring to it, huh?
  3. In Pig Latin, it is Imtay Ennglay.
  4. In ASCII binary, Tim Glenn is: 01010100 01101001 01101101 00100000 01000111 01101100 01100101 01101110 01101110 .
  5. People with this first name are probably: Male. So, there's a 98% likelihood you sweat just thinking of the price of shaver blades.

3 Things You Didn't Know:

  1. Based on your name and a process known to only three people on the planet, we can tell you that your Power Animal is the: Cane Toad.
  2. Your 'Numerology' number is 4. Unfortunately, numerology is a joke. But if it wasn't, it would mean that you are practical, tenacious, traditional, and serious. You are well organized and have a strong work ethic.
  3. According to the US Census Bureau°, 0.104% of US residents have the first name 'Tim' and 0.02% have the surname 'Glenn'. The US has around 300 million residents, so we guesstimate there are 62 'Tim Glenn's in the U.S.

Interesting huh? I found this at a website called: Is This Your Name?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Carol Abuse

"It's the holiday season..." And you can't escape them...those holiday songs. At the mall...in the elevator...on the radio. I actually love Christmas songs--well, most of 'em anyway. There's the occasional droll tune that just makes my skin crawl, such as Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer or that monotone kid that sings I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. And then there's the cheesy, "we just tried too hard to make you cry" type songs like the Christmas Shoes drivel. But the ones that really get under my skin are the stupid commercial jingles that take holiday songs and change the words. "Happy Honda Days!" "Give a, give a, give a Garmin..." "On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...5 onion rings..." Are you serious?! Can we just leave the holiday songs alone please? Write a new jingle...or use a holiday song as-is...but trust me, you're version of Oh Christmas Tree using only the word "duh"...is not an improvement! My .02 worth anyway. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Playing Santa

Tonight, I got to take part in one of my favorite Christmas holiday traditions. I got to play Santa for one of little nephews. Little Christian is only 3 years old...and my, my...what a rambunctious three year old he is! For the past several years, my sister Christi has let me play Santa for her kiddos...and I couldn't love it more! Grey and Shayne are older now...and they caught on to Uncle Tim. But Christian is still young enough to believe in Santa. And I love nurturing that in him.

So my sister calls me on her cell phone and asks me to call Christian in about five minutes. And she gives me some pointers: Christian got in trouble at school for drawing on his table. He talked back to mom. And he wants to play video games all the time instead of going outside. So, here's the conversation I had with Christian tonight.

Santa: "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! Christian, are you there?"

Christian: "Yes."

Santa: "Santa wants to know what you want for Christmas!"

Christian: "I want that green jeep that I saw at Target. It has a button on it and you push the button and it goes."

Santa: "Well, let me see with the elves. Hey, elves...do we have one of those?"

Elf: (also played by me with the phone held far away) "Sure do, Santa!"

Santa: "Well, looks like we have one, Christian. But I need you to do something for me."

Christian: "What?"

Santa: "I need you to be nice to your mom...and not talk back to her like you did earlier today, okay?"

Christian: "Okay."

Santa: "And, I saw you drawing on your table at school..."

Christian: "But I ran out of paper! I wouldn't have done it but I ran out of paper, Santa!"

Santa: "But we're not supposed to draw on our tables, are we?"

Christian: "No."

Santa: "And one more thing."

Christian: "What?"

Santa: "You know how you play video games all the time?"

Christian: "Yes. I play my brother's racing game."

Santa: "Well, I need you to go outside and play some too...okay? Don't play so many video games. Can you do that?"

Christian: "Uh-huh."

Santa: "You do that, and Santa will make sure you have a merry Christmas."

Christian: "Okay."

Santa: "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas Christian! Ho! Ho! Ho!"

Christian: "Bye Santa"

Santa: "Bye Christian."

I love it!

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Diamond Conspiracy

Okay, I've had it. What's with all these diamond companies coming out of the woodwork with their commercials of beautiful, happy couples, wrapped in their winter scarves, skipping through the snow, as the guy surprises his girl a big ole' stinkin' diamond!!!???

I don't notice a bunch of diamond commercials in March...or July...or August. What, do these guys save up their budget all year long, just to bombard us with diamond commercials during Christmas!!!???
What kind of conspiracy is this?

If I watch football....there are diamond commercials. I watch a sitcom...diamonds. Drama...you guessed it...diamonds. They're everywhere! Come on already!!!!

I'm pretty sure I saw this hidden in the tiny text at the bottom of the screen:

What's the matter guys? You and your girl don't frolick in the snow like the couple in this commercial? Maybe it's because you're a total loser for not buying her a diamond necklace, pendant or bracelet.

As I was searching the internet for a picture of a diamond to use for my blog, I asked my wife, "Which picture should I use?"

"The shiniest one you can find!" she answered.

Conspiracy I tell ya....CONSPIRACY!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Taking Back the Rainbow

I was talking to Becky, my co-worker the other day about rainbows...and wondering how they came to be the symbol for the gay and lesbian movement? When she said, "I think we need to take back the rainbow!"

In Genesis, God tells us that He created the rainbow as a reminder that He will never again flood the earth with water:

I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be
for the sign of the covenant between Me and
the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud
over the earth, that the rainbow shall be
seen in the cloud; and I will remember My
covenant which is between Me and you
and every living creature of all flesh; the
waters shall never again become a flood
to destroy all flesh. ---Genesis 9:13-15

So how is it that the rainbow went from representing a promise from God...to representing the gay and lesbian movement?

I think it's time we took back the rainbow.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Children are NOT our future

I'm in the middle of writing a speech that I'll be giving to a PTA event in Mesquite, TX this February. And I'm realizing that I may not be as good at this as I had once believed. The purpose of my speech is to challenge the members of this PTA group to become active advocates for children. I've written 9 pages...over 3,400 words. And it's boring. Right now, the title is "Children are NOT our future." The premise is that we need to start thinking about how important children are today...not for tomorrow. Yeah. Titillating isn't it? Snore. Suggestions appreciated.