When It Comes to Consumerism…You Just Have to Laugh

From Not Sam with What’s the Haps?

Hysterical. And for the record, I’m an iPhone 4 guy and will not be getting the new version. I will be getting the iPad mini when it comes out more for travel convenience than anything else and because my shoulder is begging me to stop carrying the laptop around.

The Rainbow Connection

From Niagara Falls yesterday, a rainbow followed us!

God said: This is the sign of the covenant that I am making between me and you and every living creature with you for all ages to come:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds,
I will remember my covenant between me and you and every living creature—every mortal being—so that the waters will never again become a flood to destroy every mortal being.
When the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on earth.
– Genesis, Chapter 9

And THAT…kinda reminds me of a song…

Coming Your Way Soon to the Small Screen

This is an amazing effort by Joe Patane, of MTV’s Real World: Miami fame. Now a social worker and a licensed therapist, Joe has built a foundation and started Dream Camps for teens who have been through many traumatic experiences in their lives. He’s worked hard at finding a production company that won’t exploit the teens for ratings and I think he’s finally zoning in on a completed project that is sure to be inspiring. Check out a clip:

Full disclosure: Joe is my college roommate and has been a friend for nearly a quarter century. He’s amazingly creative and has a real heart for the youth he serves. He’s gained tremendous support from some big names like Steve Wozniak, Drew Carey and Charles Schultz’s family (creator of the Peanuts comic strip, better known as Charlie Brown and Snoopy).

So keep you eyes pealed, while I’m not a fan of reality TV, this show will not be like watching a train wreck, as way reality TV often is. It’s sure to inspire.

How do I know? Because Joe has inspired me for nearly 25 years now.

Well done, my friend.

Reason 985 Why I Refused to Learn How to Irish Step Dance

I didn’t want a late night talk show host to kick me in the face:

Hysterical. My mother really wanted me to learn as a kid and I somewhat regret not learning now as a 40 something adult. But I had enough people making fun of me in the 4th grade and didn’t need any more. Today it would probably be “cool” to do this but in 1980 when I was 10, not so much.

Oh well, perhaps there’s still time. My wife and I are off to go practice in the kitchen to this you tube video. I will try to not kick the dog in the snout.