Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Unsolved Mysteries

Returning to television one of my favorite shows growing up brought to you by HBO. They will be selling it to cable broadcasters thankfully.

News link


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

bean bag chair

I found this on the web thought it was pretty cool for a lazy chair....


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wedding Dresses

Krista wanted me to post this segment of 'Talk of the Nation' on NPR

It's about the reusing of wedding dresses. I think you need to hit the "listen now" button to hear the whole story.

Whoops forgot to provide a link


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Camp Casey, Cindy, and what it might mean

When I heard Cindy Sheehan had resigned from the peace movement - I was mad. How can you resign from something you believe in - take a break, rest, yes. Resign? No. Her letter was saddening and her work seems to be in vain.

However, I just read the following from the retired director of CPT. It is his response to Cindy. I think I am just not wise enough to understand what she is going through, and he does.

who the heck is Brian?

No, we aren't adding yet another person to the blog...we are done with that. Instead, Jim is referring to the assistant director at DOOR Chicago - Brian Sales. A geek like Jim, a Chicago lover like Krista and he loves Batman - like I love Sour Patch Kids!


how can this be possible to fit three peoples identities into one 3 panel comic....

1. the comic is pure geekness -Jim

2. the first panel is religious -Krista

3. third panel is batman -Brian


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

a little unknown...

Something most people(I think) don't know about Krista is she cannot lie. This is quite an entertaining thing to watch when it comes to small things around our life. I found this quote while watching a Chris Titus stand up routine which fit my wife quite nice.

as devious as Don Knotts on sodium pentathol

Gotta love it... I'll be here all week try the veal

sarcasm time...

mmmm anti-creationism at it's finest

Friday, June 8, 2007

Sox game

Going to see the White Sox play Houston tonight...

It's been a while since I was at a baseball game. I hate watching it on tv it's like watching paint dry or like one of my previous jobs watching glue dry(don't ask). I think it's about the environment, the people, the food, and the smells of said food that make baseball games fun.


Overheard at my work...

Right church, wrong pew

A customer said this today after realizing she was in the wrong application for what she wanted to do. I got a good chuckle out of it.

after the phone call I googled the phrase and found an interesting article

(I realize this is more of a krista subject)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Racist Quiz

Find out how racist you are


Evan Almighty tidbit

I found this on gave me a chuckle

Evan's Hummer has the license plate GEN 614, citing Genesis 6:14, which reads "Make thee an ark of timber planks: thou shalt make little rooms in the ark, and thou shalt pitch it within and without."


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

barack bet

On cue from my wife on her last post I will tell the story of our bet on our honeymoon.

We were laying around in bed on our second night when Obama came on TV.

I said "did you know his middle name is Hussein?"

"No it isn't" she replied.

"OK wanna bet?" I said.


"I bet a quarter." I was being nice as I knew she would so lose

"Let's make it interesting, if I win you get to take me out at Jubilee Juice and if you win you get...ummm a Wii point card worth 10$."


I walked downstairs and wikipedia'd Barack Obama and printed out the first page of his information. At the top of the page it said "Barack Hussein Obama" ZING!

And that's how I won our first bet on our second day of marriage. Let's hope I keep winning them hehehe ;)

Seeing the mayor

So this morning, I was walking back to an agency and I saw a press conference being set up. Cameras and reporters from all three main news stations in Chicago were there - I assumed they would be in place for the 11 am news - I was right. Around 11:05 the mayor pulls up and takes the stage they had set up and announces that he is now an affordable housing advocate.

I listened and didn't believe very much of what he said - but I was impressed that I was 100 feet from him. Daley is huge (Chicago politics are huge), Daley is way too powerful in the city and probably the country. I was wondering to myself if I would feel that impressed near other political figures that I don't think too highly about....I am certain I would want to throw rotten tomatoes on certain ones, and I didn't have the urge today.

Others, like my senator Barack Obama, I would want to be a groupie! Ask Jim if he wants to share the wedding bet we had about Barack!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

marriage news


If you're depressed, here's some advice: Instead of getting yourself on some antidepressant that's going to turn you into an unstable, emotionless zombie. . . work on getting yourself some DATES.

According to a study at Ohio State University in Columbus, one of the best ways to beat depression is to find yourself a HUSBAND or WIFE.Sociologists at OSU found that, after five years of marriage, depressed people's scores on a depression assessment test dropped by around 10%. . . which is considered a VERY significant drop. And it didn't even matter if the marriage was GOOD. . . even depressed people who said their marriages were "so-so" had the same average increases in their happiness.

There's more good news: If a depressed person marries a happy person. . . they don't drag that person down with them.But. . . happy people get a much smaller increase in their happiness when they get married. After five years, their scores on the depression assessment test only dropped by 2%. (LiveScience)

Yesterday, I went to student led rally. A teenager had a great shirt on. The snappy slogan was “Where I Come From” and the picture was a family picture. It was awesome! I was thinking of how I would describe where I come from.

Of course, my family would be on there – Mom, Dad, Betsy and the rest of the Dutt/Beam clan.

Maybe a picture of a Christmas Tree farm, a two stoplight town, and maybe the church on Christmas Eve with all the candles

Maybe my most improved writing award in 3rd grade, and maybe my “My Sister” book I wrote in 1st grade.

Then maybe a picture of college, seminary would be less buildings and more about the people I met.

My family of friends, my new family in Jim, and a picture of my staffers as they become my kids for the summers and on.

However, how do I describe this split personality of being a girl in the ‘hood and my obvious not belonging – that may be the most hard to describe or even understand.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Knocked Up review

Knocked Up review

Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann.
Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Unemployed pothead hooks up with a hottie and a club for one night of passion and ends up a father.


We walked up to our favorite theatre...the one with the cheapest parking in the city. It really didn't seem all that busy and we were about 15 minutes early for the show and well the theater was actually quite packed. Filled with the obvious date couples as most rom-coms gather in masses.
40 year old virgin meets a funnier Nine Months meets Grandma's Boy. I enjoyed these movies although Nine Months wasn't the greatest but it had it's moments. So we have the humor and quality of 40 year old virgin, the reference material and pregnant humor of Nine Months and for the guys the pothead/loser funny stuff. What more could you want? Knocked Up has plenty for the guys and the girls. Relatively equal Family/Pregnant humor and for the guys the Pothead/Jackass humor.

I loved every moment of this film from the shoe bomber jokes to the baby shopping. I didn't expect Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen's chemistry to work all that well but I was pleasantly suprised. Paul Rudd's character suprised me as I thought he would reprise his type of character from 40 year old virgin. I love it when a movie blows my expectations a way. Favorite jokes were: the running gag of shoe bomber and shrooms and Cirque De Soleil.

Go see this movie how much more praise can I give it!

I've seen shrek 3, spider-man 3, Pirates 3, this summer/spring and no movie I walked out of had a line going all the way to the entrance to wait to go see a movie except for this one. I think the general public has been waiting for a non-sequel movie to come out this summer...


Chicago at night.... pretty cools

Friday, June 1, 2007

Joke time...

A lady walks into a high class jewellery shop.

She browses around, spots a beautiful diamond bracelet and walks over to inspect it.

As she bends over to look more closely she inadvertently breaks wind.Very embarrassed, she looks around nervously to see if anyone has noticed her little accident and prays that a sales person doesn't pop up right now.

As she turns around, her worst nightmare materialises in the form of a salesman standing right behind her.

Cool as a cucumber and displaying complete professionalism, the salesman greets the lady with, "Good day, Madam. How may we help you today?"

Very uncomfortably, but hoping that the salesman may just not have been there at the time of her little 'accident', she asks, "Sir, what is the price of this lovely bracelet?"

He answers, "Madam, if you farted just looking at it, you're going to crap yourself when I tell you the price"

fun in Chicago

I have a local group during service through DOOR yesterday and today. It is fun to see them serve in their own city, and have a sleepover and talk the night away. They are from Chicago Mennonite Learning Center, a school on the city's southwest side that many of my friends have and/or do teach at and sometimes I sub there (those are the days I really appreciate teachers)

It is a great place to learn!



Alfredo went well....the chocolate raspberry bars stole the show, as always.

Flags of the World

Flags and a different perspective on what each color means....

This is probably a more Krista style link but I enjoyed it