A digital commonplace for a Regular Guy called Charlie Pharis

Month: October 2007 (page 1 of 3)

What Happened?

Man! Today started out great! I mean really great!

Then somewhere along the way, it just got out of sync. Nothing really bad happened,  no major catastrophes, just a general kind of weirdness, a funk that just sort of set in around mid-morning. Go figure…

New Morning, New Mercies, New Moleskine…

It’s great to start a new Moleskine! That blank ivory first page sits and stares at you, waiting to be filled with something profound, insightful, and permanent.

I started a new one this morning. That’s it in the picture. I’ve actually had it in my bag for a month in anticipation of finishing the previous one. Today I cracked that wrapper. I perused the “history of the Moleskine” pamphlet inside the secret pocket just as I’ve done 11 times before!

Interestingly, the old one – Number 11 – ended with these words

I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:

And the first words in the new one could not have been more appropriate for the start of a brand-new day and the start of a brand-new notebook…

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.

How’s your new day starting? What are you most grateful for today? How have the Lord’s fresh mercies shown up in your life already today?

Looking for Babe the Blue Ox…

Paul Bunyan & Babe

Today, I’m pretending to be Paul Bunyan. Well, sort of. We had a dead pine tree fall in the yard last week, and today I get to cut it up so I can move it.

The good news? It fell in a great spot…right on top of our burning pile. The bad news? We are in the midst of a total outdoor burning ban, due to the drought (and due to today’s pretty stiff wind, as well!) So I’ve got to move it somewhere else.

The good news? It’s about 40 feet long (or tall, depending how you look at it) and only about 6-10 inches in diameter. the bad news? I’ve got a bow saw to work with! (My Mr. Know-It-All buddy said I just need to make chain saw noises while I’m using the bow saw. I told him to shut up!)

Now, if I can just find Babe to help me move the TIMBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

And Yet One More…

 UPDATE, 10.29.07…My bad…I forgot there was one in between!

Sorry…reading the crow-and-humble pie posts now appearing on many FloriDUH fans’ blogs – and you know who you are! – reminds me…

  • There’s only one college football coach I can think of that might have a shot at replacing one named Spurrier as the official Just Charlie Most Despicable College Football Coach. And it’s the guy who replaced the guy who replaced one named Spurrier at “that place” where jean shorts and stupid shark motions prevail.

OK, that’s it…I think…

College Football Thoughts…

Just some stuff running through my head on game day today…

  • The Number One Rule of College Football: Always, I mean always root against the team that wears orange. Quick – think of a college football team. Is there any hint of orange in their colors? They are worthless.
  • Corollary 1a to The Number One Rule of College Football: The rule gets a little bent when both teams playing each other are wearing orange. Solution: Pray for a scoreless tie through regulation, then hope the field swallows up both teams just as overtime starts.
  • Corollary 1b to The Number One Rule of College Football: The only real exception to the orange rule may be when the team in orange is playing a team coached by anyone named Spurrier. Tough call. See the solution in Corollary 1a. It applies here as well.
  • I’m not a big fan of the University of Georgia. I’m not not a fan, it’s just that I’m not crazy about some of their fans. That being said, it is always a good thing for a team that fits The Number One Rule of College Football and whose fans make stupid shark-like motions while the band plays “Jaws” (even though the stupid mascot is a reptile, not a dangerous fish!) to get whipped in the world’s largest cocktail party!
  • Although I’m not a big Georgia fan, I get to be more of a Mark Richt fan every week.
  • My favorite college football coach at this moment is Joe Paterno.
  • The SEC is – in my humble opinion – hands down, the best conference in college football.
  • Likewise, the Pac-10, for all the hype, is not the best
  • Strange, the most knowledgeable college football fan I know is a 70-something year-old woman at the YMCA. Who goes to every – yes, every Georgia game (home and away), and has for over 50 years!
  • Also strange, hearing the Most Knowledgeable College Football Fan talking to one of the other 50-60-something year-old women at the YMCA. Who knows almost as much as The Most Knowledgeable College Football Fan.
  • Happy Homecoming at Georgia Southern! Go Eagles!
  • Whatever your team, this college football season is turning out to be one of the wildest ever!

Those are my thoughts on game day. Of course, your mileage may vary…

Friday Night Unwind, 10.19.07…

Talk about an eclectic mix for the ol’ Friday Night Unwind!

I’ve got iTunes playing every single music file on my computer…in shuffle mode!

For instance…at this very moment is I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home by David Frizzell. That was preceded by The Dazz Band’s Let It Whip. And right before that was Be Strong and Take Courage from God With Us, Santa Claus is Watching You by Ray Stevens, and One by U2.

Oh, now a real blast from the past…Big House (“with lots and lots of room”…memories of youth ministry conventions rise up!) by Audio Adrenaline!

Good stuff!