The Bat…pod? Oh yeah!

I know I’m a few days late on this one, so I feel silly posting it now, but I can’t help myself.  Check out these shots of the new “Batpod.”

And then…

 I’m left pretty speechless as these are the first pictures I’ve even seen of what’s been titled “The Dark Knight”.  Batman Begins still ranks in my top 5 if not my favorite superhero film of all time.  It was so good, even my wife enjoyed it.

It’s Been THAT Long?

Suddenly I realized my title has two meanings.  This weekend, we went to Pella to celebrate my Grandparent’s 50th anniversary celebration.  That wasn’t what I was referring; that is in fact the second meaning.  The anniversary celebration was great.  I was chosen to MC, so I put on a nice suit and a smile. We had performances from the grandkids and great grandkids, a funny skit from my Dad and his brothers, singing, and plenty of laughing.  And of course, we can’t forget the amazing display of food set before us.  I ate so much I wasn’t positive that I would be able to stand up and MC after all, but it all went according to plan.

My grandparents, I must say, are really an inspiration to me.  I really hope that my marriage can be as good of an example to my children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they have been to all of us.  They both came from tough circumstances and together formed a great family.  They’ve both lived lives of continual service, from traveling around the world to help those in need to correcting tests and papers to help with the local prison ministry.  They are really one of the greatest examples of a godly marriage I know of.

The title was really in reference to one of my cousins I got a chance to hang out with this weekend.  As we talked and counted off on our fingers, we realized we hadn’t seen each other in around seven years.  Which is strange because before that time we saw each other at family gatherings almost annually.   Since then he’s had two more kids, who I’d never met before.  His youngest son has to be about the funniest, cutest kid I’ve ever met.  Needless to say, I decided we shouldn’t wait as long to meet up again.  Hopefully we’ll get a chance to visit them where they live at some point.

There was some stress in the weekend.  I can’t deceive you into thinking it was the most amazing weekend ever. When you get that many family members together in one place, that’s kind of how it works.  But it was a good time.  And a great primer for the massive reunion in two weeks when we’ll see most of them and more.  I better start bracing myself now.  It’s gonna be a wild ride.

A Mixed Bag

Overtime.  That’s what I’m talking about.  On the one hand, you get paid extra, and not just extra, time and a half.  Which is nice, especially when you’re working with a tight budget.  Of course, the bad part about working overtime is that you’re working overtime.  Take today for instance.  I ended up stuck at the station later than usual because severe weather hits.  I used to hate severe weather (i.e. tornadoes) because it meant I had to go in the basement, and that just wasn’t a fun place to be.  Now, severe weather bothers me because it puts me at risk of having to stay late.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job.  But one of the reasons I love my job is because it’s a little something different every day.

Radio is like that, you can talk about something else or come up with some other crazy idea that you can use on the air.  My worst nightmare is a factory job.  Factory workers, I have nothing against you.  In fact, I admire you, especially if you love your job.  I just wouldn’t like it.  I need an outlet for my creative.  So imagine needing an outlet for your creative, and suddenly, you have to use every break, maybe even add extra ones to say “A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for….” or “A tornado warning is currently in effect for…” until the warnings end.  We provide a service in keeping listeners up to date on the weather.  It’s important, and it needs to be done. Otherwise we wouldn’t be a good station, and I wouldn’t be a good DJ (which is questionable enough as it is).  All I’m saying is, it doesn’t really rank high on my favorite parts of the job.

Not Quite a Sci-fi Junkie

I’m not talking about the channel mind you, just the genre in and of itself.  I love sci-fi: lit, movies, radio dramas, it’s all good.  But I’m not sure I can qualify myself as a junkie.  I would love to be able to.  But, whenever I try, I think of a few things sci-fi I’ve never seen or read or heard, and then I think, “Well I can’t be junkie.  Those things are staple sci-fi and I know nothing about them.”

 Of course, as I write this, I can’t think of anything I haven’t read off the top of my head.  There’s a movie or two I haven’t seen that are sci-fi that I’d like to see, for example “Children of Men”.  When a movie is advertised as the “Blade Runner” (which I have seen) of the 21st century, I feel instantly attracted.

As to why I feel like a sci-fi junkie, well, I don’t know if I should start a list.  It might either be long or embarassingly short.  I love watching Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Lost, and recently I’ve started to get into the classic Babylon 5.  I have the full Robot Trilogy by Isaac Asimov on my shelf at home, and I really need to get around to re-reading the Foundation series one of these days.  I love Ender’s Game and the subsequent books.  I find The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy absolutely hilarious in movie, book, and radio drama form (all three forms I own).  I also enjoy Star Wars,  The Matrix, and other similar films.  That’s not everything (it makes the list sound bigger if I say that) but I hope it gets the point across.  If anyone has any great suggestions for all things sci-fi that should be seen, heard, or read, feel free to post in the comments box.  I’d love to hear them.

A Good Weekend

It is so nice to have a weekend of nothing.  Well, mostly nothing.  Saturday was a great day of relaxing.  I got to sleep in, hang out with Amy, play some computer games.  I also got a chance to get out on the bike and make my way around town a bit, something I don’t do often enough.  It was rough (not as fit as I used to be.  I need to get used to having a bike again) but it was good for me I think.  The only bad part of the day was finding out how much are car repairs were going to be for the mirror and door handle.  Then that night, our friends Nathan and Theresa came over to celebrate her birthday.  We watched “She’s the Man” (her choice) and it didn’t actually turn out to be that bad.  I laughed quite a few times anyway.  Then, much more to my choice, Nathan had brought the Xbox 360 and rented “Gears of War” a sinful delight of sorts.  While quite gory and unfortunately chock with a good fill of “coarse” language, the gameplay is addicting and the graphics are amazing.

 Sunday was another pretty relaxing day.  Nathan came over and we finished Gears, I played some C&C Generals while Amy napped.  Then we went to church in the evening (which we don’t do often), gave our testimonies, and were accepted as members of our church.  We’re both pretty excited as it’s the first time we’ve ever been full-fledged church members other than by association with our parents.  I hung out at Matt’s a little last night for some Babylon 5 and almost fell asleep during the second episode.  All in all, a good weekend.

And a headache too…

It has definitely been one of those days.  It actually started last night.  In the process of bringing some friends home I back out of the garage and took off my drivers side mirror.  That’s two things on the left side of the car that need to be fixed now.  That was frustrating enough.  Now I have to chase down parts and pay for repair: not fun.

Then I got to work this morning and found out one of my coworkers was sick.  Normally not a big deal except that we’re in the process of hiring someone else and the guy who called in sick is filling in for someone else on sick leave for a while.  Needless to say that since January the extra things on my job kind of keep accumulating.  It’s not a large business though, maybe 4 of us here at a time during the day, so it’s to be expected.  It just makes me tired is all.  I guess I’ll make it.  I usually survive.  I need a nice relaxing evening tonight with a nice hot meal, perhaps a board game with my wife and a lot of nothing.  That would be nice.