Friday, November 18, 2011

My Son, The Celebrity

This picture was in our local newspaper today.
It's cool to see my son get this media attention.
But I gotta I'm worried.

I know how this goes.
We've all seen it before.

It begins with a little exposure to the public.Before you know it, he's dating a Kardashian and being harassed by TMZ. I pray that this celebrity status doesn't go to his head. But if it does...

Ethan, your dear mother and I love you. We hope you'll remember us during your 15 minutes of fame. When the bright lights and big city are calling you, keep in mind these words: People are only out for themselves. Don't let anyone use or take advantage of you in any way. Also, please plug my blog every chance you get. I need more people to like talesfromstreetroad on Facebook. But mostly, remember the thing about not letting people take advantage.

Ok, seriously now.
I was surprised to see you in the paper today.
That's awesome and you're super cool.
Love you dude!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


If you've read my blog previously, you've probably noticed that I'm not really funny.
But I'm thankful that people around me are.
They give me something interesting to post for you fine folks to enjoy.

So for today's tale from Street Road I feel I must highlight my youngest son, Gavin.
He brought a little entertainment into my morning, not once, but 3 times.

1.) At 6:30, while eating breakfast, he said:
"Daddy you actually look even older with those glasses, cause old people wear glasses." I couldn't help but laugh, then immediately posted my sons bash on me onto the Twitter. I like that he can sound so sweet and put someone down at the same time.

2.) At 7:10, while getting into my car for me to take him to my mother in law's house, he paused before climbing all the way in and said "Daddy, your car smells like cheese sticks.". I just laughed on the outside, but on the inside I was thinking "No son. That's cheeseburgers."
(Side bar: Since she is the mother of The Lovely Kristi, I just considered calling my mother in law "The Lovely Mother in Law" but that just didn't seem appropriate. Your thoughts?)

3.) At 7:15, after we fed the dogs, Gavin told me he needed to warm up his voice for the day and began doing this....

So of course I made him do it again for the camera.

So within 45 minutes, Gavin made me laugh at least 3 memorable times. I gotta admit, it made me wish I could have hung out with this cool kid even longer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Deep Thoughts On A Wednesday Afternoon

I saw this posted on the Twitter a few minutes ago...

"The way I lead worship doesn't really lead ME in worship. I love & believe in how I lead, but I'm led in very different ways." @worshipVJ

It's got me thinking about how I lead worship.
How am I led in worship?
Why do I lead the way I do?
How do the two differ?
Why haven't I thought about these questions on my own much before now?

I don't really have any answers right now. But I have a feeling these questions will be on my mind for a while. Who knew such a simple tweet could have me thinking such deep thoughts in a booth at Zaxby's on a Wednesday afternoon.

By the way, you can follow
me on the Twitter @cshawnstinson.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Was Blind But Now I See

Well, maybe not blind.
But I did notice, back in the spring, that I was having to squint more often to read small print. So after putting it off for too long, I went to an eye Dr.
I fully expected him to test me then laugh and say "Why'd you come here? Your vision is totally normal." But instead his reply was "Wow, why didn't you come in sooner." I was not a happy camper. I was diagnosed with astigmatism in one eye and what I think is called "bad eyesight" in the other. It's actually near sighted or farsighted, but I don't remember which or know the difference in such things.

Well, that all happened in June. I put off actually getting the glasses until a couple weeks ago. I finally got them on Monday. To my surprise they actually work. They're not life changing. I can still see without them. But it's like watching standard TV then TV in high def. One is clearly better than the other, but not required.

I have made one little mistake since getting them though. When I first wore them in front of The Lovely Kristi, I said "I could see you before, but now I can see the pores in your face." When I told this story to a coworker later, he said "Pores in your face?! You didn't say 'I can now see how beautiful your eyes really are.' ?"


Sadly, I went with the pores.

They have a cure to help with my eye problems. They're called glasses. Hopefully someone will come up with something to help with my mouth.

Side note: My pores comment was based solely on the magnification power of my new glasses. The Lovely Kristi has beautiful, average (if not smaller than average) size pores.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

3 Reasons I May Lose My Man Card

Sorry guys.
Based on my actions of the past few days, I may be required to turn in my membership card to the "man" club. I hate to admit these things, but the bible says we should confess our sins to one another. So with a humble heart, I submit these and am willing to endure the repercussions.

1) I recently started checking out a website/app called Get Glue. Basically you "check in" and log what you're watching, reading, listening to, etc. Through it you can get discounts and coupons and free stickers once a month. I don't care about stickers. But the coupons and discounts, I'm a fan of..
I guess my first confession is that I watch Glee. I'd rather call it "The Sue Sylvester Show". But some of the singing ain't bad either. But worse than watching Glee, I "checked in" that I watched Glee. The pic below shows what posted on Twitter and Facebook without me knowing. So, I encourage everyone to be careful what you allow apps to post about you. Am I unicorn? Hmm?

2) I have a bunch of songs on my iPhone.
4,278 to be exact. Most are from CD's I own. But a few I got because someone loaded them onto the network at church and somehow they transferred into my iTunes file.
Today, while at work listening to songs in shuffle mode, a song by the Jonas Brothers came on. My first concern was why was a Jones Bros song on my iPhone? So that is my confession. I have a Jonas Brothers song on my iPhone. It's not there on purpose, but it is there.
But one even more interesting questions is why did iTunes pic the below pic as the album cover?!?

On a related note..."Umm Bop" by Hanson is on my playlist on purpose. (Wow the confessions are really flowing now.)

3) I recently went into Hobby Lobby, by myself, and bought supplies for embroidering. I've only felt less masculine when I've gone into Walmart to buy feminine products for my wife.

I know these are pretty rough offenses against my manliness.
All I have to offer to make up for it is a little advice:
Guys, if you're ever having to buy feminine products, be sure to add other items. Even if you don't need anything else, grab something, anything. My "go to" items are magazines and gum. Because nothing says "I am a real man" to a cashier more than a guy who has clearly bought items as if he's going home to chew gum, read, and menstruate.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Testing The Blogger App

Today Google announced the new iPhone app for Blogger. So I had to try it.
I'm on my lunch break, sitting in a fast-food parking lot with the windows rolled down, (Thank you, Lord, for this glorious weather.) writing this blog entry on my phone. There's been plenty of ways to do this before, but I'm hoping this app will reduce some of the problems I've had with those other ways.
So today I don't have much to say. Just testing out this new app. Just so you have something to see, here's a couple pics of my cool kids from our recent trip to the gulf.

What apps are you loving right now?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Adventures of "That Guy" - Days 4, 5 & 6

Today is Thursday August 4th.
I am just now sitting to blog about my 4th day of vacation which actually was 11 days ago.
I guess this series has gone on long enough, so today I am finally wrapping up these tales by combining some of the highlights of our last few days...

Not us. Just an image borrowed from Google.
 1.) The Boat (first attempt)
Day 4 we went to Shipwreck Island water park (in spite of my tailbone injury.)
If you've never been to a water park, just imagine an amusement park with a lot more sunscreen and a lot less clothing. Our day started in line for a boat ride. The basic idea is that you walk up a bunch of stairs, then get in a big inflatable boat with up to 3 friends and ride together down a waterslide while laughing all the way.  At first, both boys were excited about riding, but then as we got higher up the stairs, Gavin decided he wasn't interested anymore. Unfortunately, he backed out and Kristi had to take him  back down in tears. Poor guy.

2.) Name Tags
After that, Ethan and I rode down and then tried to find Kristi and Gavin again.
While we were looking for them, I heard a very memorable speech from a father to his 4yr old daughter.
Apparently she had gotten out of his sight and he very loudly gave her this speech....
"Do you know what a pedophile looks like?!? Well, neither do I! Pedohiles don't wear name tags!!!"
Did I mention she's 4?
"That fence is not very high! It's the perfect height for someone to jump over, grab you up, jump back over, and throw you in a trunk so I'll never see you again!!"
At this point I heard this little girl say something that sounded like "squeak, squeak, squeak." That's what little crying girls sound like sometimes. I'm not sure exactly what she said but her dad responded even louder than before with..."I don't care if you were with your cousin Madison right over there!! I didn't know where you were and I'm the one that matters!"
At this point I'd heard enough and walked off imagining the trouble that this little girl is going to get into in her teens as she rebels from anything her father wants her to do.

3.) A little freaked out
We finally found Kristi and Gavin and our splashing and sliding continued all day. At another point we got separated again and while we were apart Gavin decided he was ready to ride that boat ride he'd attempted earlier in the day. So Kristi and Gavin rode and he loved it. When I saw him again he was so excited. He wanted me to ride it with him. We began the climb up the stairs talking and laughing. As we got closer to the top, he got quiet. He was looking down towards the ground. Apparently, Gavin is afraid of heights. That's why he'd backed out the first time. He looked up at me and with that sweet little voice said "Daddy, this is where I get a wittle fweaked out." I had a sudden urge to laugh at that phrase and to take care of my son. I picked him up quickly and pointed his attention to the top of the stairs and how close we were to riding. Once his focus was shifted, he was fine. But I'll never forget him saying that phrase to me.
It was a great day.

4.) And...
As with any trip, there is a phrase that managed to creep up over and over and brought laughs almost every time. Our running joke this trip was the word "And". Apparently "And" is a perfect way to start the song  "O Holy Night".


You see, repeatedly, my sons wanted to hear the song "O Holy Night." They recently discovered Eric Cartman's version from South Park on my iPhone. I'm not sure where I got this MP3 from, but I have to admit, I make sure to play it at least once every Christmas just for a laugh. We listened to it so much, all I have to do now is say "And..." in my best Cartman voice and the boys will jump in with their best impression of Cartman singing. I know this isn't the best thing in the world to expose my boys to. (I make sure to edit out the inappropriate word towards the end.) but you gotta admit, this is pretty funny.

Parents may want to mute at the 1:46 mark for 2 seconds.

Our trip was full of fun and laughs. These have been just a few of our fun stories. There's no way you've enjoyed them as much as we did.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Adventures of "That Guy" - Day 3

Ok, I know. Day 3 of my vacation was 5 days ago.
But I know you're just dying to hear about the rest of the trip, so I figured I should finish telling these tales.

And this one is one of the more memorable tales from our trip.

In life, every man faces challenges.
When given the opportunity, are you going to try to ride a bull named "Fu Man Chu"?
When standing at the top of a cliff over a body of water, are you going to have the guts to dive?
And when you face a water slide a grand as this one, are you going to have what it takes to give it a shot?

Quite a scary slide, I know.
One of the things I love about being a father is playing the role of Superdad. Some dads may be the type that would sit by the pool reading a book and say "You boys go play. Have fun." I'm not that guy. I try to play with them as much as possible. I try to introduce new games or fun ideas to them. This year one of my bright ideas was to play with them in the kiddie waterpark. There was a sign that said "You must be under 14 to play in the water park." but there was also a sign that said this...
Is that last line not common knowledge?
so I didn't really trust their judgement in what signs they posted.and chose to ignore their age limit advice.

The waterpark was like a splashpad with a couple of slides. I slid down the red slide beside Ethan, racing him to the bottom. Of course I left him in my dust. He didn't have a chance of winning against my speed and agility.
Ethan enjoying the red slide.
But things didn't go quite as smooth when I followed him down the blue tube slide. As every good slider knows, you can't just sit and push yourself down. If you want to reach maximum sliding velocity you have to grab the bar above the slide and swing yourself down the slide helping you gain momentum before you even hit the slide. Knowing all these great tips, I grabbed the bar.... felt the sea breeze blowing lightly across my face.....pushed back on my heels, ready to charge into the tube slide...lifted my feet and used every bit of upper body strength I have to force myself into a fast swing into the tube....saw the top of the tunnel and realized I might crash my head into it and slightly lowered my body to avoid such a collision.... then the tradgedy happened. I felt a shocking thud as my tailbone crashed into the bottom of the slide. Somehow I had overcompensated trying to miss the top of the tube and instead used all my strength to force myself down onto my tailbone instead of into the slide.
It was painful to say the least.
As I slid down the slide in a semi-fetal position, I knew the pain I was feeling wasn't going to go away quickly.
I was right.

I have either bruised or broken my tailbone. As I write this, now 5 days later I am still hurting. I feel fine standing or seated, but moving from one position to the other is not fun.

Thankfully, this injury didn't ruin the trip
It did make me uncomfortable at times and I quickly became the butt of every joke (pun intended), but mostly It just gave me yet another reason to laugh at myself.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Adventures of "That Guy" - Day 2

Well, the adventures continue.
Friday was great here in Panama City with the family.

Lots of time was spent playing, laughing, and eating.
Here are some of the more interesting details...

1. Lights On
We didn't get the boys in bed until after midnight Thursday night. So when I woke up at 8:45 Friday morning, I wasn't all that surprised to find that everyone was still asleep. But just the fact that both our boys slept past 8am is a first. I'm looking forward to the day when they both decide that "sleeping in" is a good idea.

2. Gavin's Attention Span
We knew when we arrived that Gavin doesn't have a very long attention span. But we were reminded of this fact quickly when  we started our water fun for the day. The condos we're staying in have 3 pools, a lazy river, a small water park area for the kids, and of course beach access. We never really planted ourselves at any one of them because Gavin (or Ethan) would say "Let's go to the lazy river" then 5 minutes later, "lets go to the pool". There were times it felt like we were traveling between areas more than enjoying the areas themselves. But the boys we're happy. So we were too.

3. The Lazy River
When we first got in the lazy river we were just chillin', letting the current carry us around as we floated. Then I heard someone say "Shawn Stinson!". To my surprise, I turned to see a friend from high school, Matt Hardemon, floating by. It was good to see him and talk for a little while. There is some commentary that could be made about the fact that we ran into each other in the "lazy" river. But I'll just leave that alone.

4. Pea Soup
Unfortunately, the ocean looks like this, minus the leaf.
The ocean is full of what they call "june grass". We call it algae, seaweed, and grossness. So our ocean swimming has been very limited. But it hasn't stopped our fun.

5. Captain Anderson's

I could say a lot about this restaurant. It is easily my absolute favorite restaurant anywhere, ever, period.
The waitress did steal some of our joy when she said "I'm sorry, but we're out of crab claws." (You should have seen the sad look on Ethan's face. Pitiful, just pitiful.) But we survived. We're going back Monday night , so we're hoping by then they've found more crabs whose claws we can devour.

Well, that's it for now. My tailbone is hurting as I sit here typing.
I'll tell you why when I post again tonight about our adventures from Day 3.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Adventures of "That Guy": Day 1

Our home for the next 5 days, Splash Resort.
 Earlier today on Facebook I posted this...
"Effective immediately I will be 'that guy'. You know, the one that posts a bunch of beach pics and stories of the restaurants he's eating at with his family during their vacation. Consider yourself warned."

I guess this blog post is the beginning of those postings.

Me and the lovely Kristi have been planning this vacation for months. We're so glad it's finally here.
We've brought our boys, once again, to Panama City Beach, FL  AKA the Redneck Riviera.
We love it. Great fun, great food, and of course the world's most beautiful beaches.

But what I enjoy even more than the beach itself are the experiences we have when we travel together.
As I write this, it's currently 1:53am  Friday morning. We have all finally settled in for the night and I've had a little time to reflect on our trip so far. So, as you can imagine, I'm exhausted, but not too exhausted to share ....

4 highlights from the first day of our summer vacation:
1.) The smile on Kristi's face when she picked me up from work.
We wanted to get here as quick as possible tonight but I had to work today, so we made arrangements for my brother in law to drop me off at work this morning and for Kristi to pick me up at 5. That way we could head straight to PCB. When she got to my office to get me, she was beaming. What a great smile. I think the only smile that compared to it was the one on my face as I climbed into a car that she had completely packed herself. It's amazing how much more relaxing the first few hours of a trip are when you're driving a vehicle that someone else has packed.

2.)Ethan and Gavin have started really enjoying Looney Tunes. As we made the 5 hr drive from Birmingham to PC I was asking Ethan about his day. One of the first stories he told me was about a new Looney Tune cartoon he had seen. It involved Bugs Bunny and a creature that tore stuff up and ran around like a tornado. "It's called the Titanium Devil" Ethan said excitedly. I almost didn't want to correct him...almost.

3.) One of the joys of travel is finding good travel music. So recently I put together a list of beach or summer songs for us to jam to en route.As we shuffled through the list on the iphone, we also stumbled across a few other random songs I had on there. One of those was by Michael McDonald. Kristi immediately asked me to change the song. Then she started to say how much she didn't like his voice. I really wish I could  have recorded the next part for you. She continued on to say everything he sings sound like this... "mmph..mmvr...mmmph...mmmppph" I know that doesn't translate well in writing. But you'll have to trust me. Her Michael McDonald impression is equally  accurate and hilarious.

4.) We arrived to our condo around 10pm. (15 min earlier than Kristi bet that we would. I really should have wagered some money on that bet.) As Kristi and Ethan unpacked, Gavin and I headed for Walmart. Now wait....think about this for a and Gavin.  (He's 5 yrs old)... at PCB... at 11pm. Needless to say, it was an adventure. There should definitely be a website for these people and their various stages of dress or in some cases... undress. I knows there's a site for strange looking walmart customers, but the people we saw were in a whole 'nother category.  There really should be a "People of Walmart, at the beach, at 11pm" site.

That's about all I got tonight. On the agenda for tomorrow...trying to avoid the incredibly thick seaweed in the ocean, having fun in the pool and splashpad at the condo, and of course, the part of the trip I look forward to the most, eating dinner at Captain Anderson's. I know you can hardly wait to see the pics of my food that I'll post.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

From The Minds Of Babes

Well, I'm blogging again. I figure an 8 week break was long enough. So here we go....

If you come over unannounced, you might find our living room floor looking like this....

You may notice a few lego bricks on the floor.

Recently I helped Ethan and Gavin pick up their legos and found a few interesting creations I thought were worth sharing.

One thing I noticed quickly is that Ethan, the 7yr old, is all about building vehicles.  Once he builds one, he never touches it again. It is not a toy. It is a masterpece. The best ones make their way to his dresser to be displayed proudly to all his visitors.

On the other hand, Gavin, the 4yr old, likes to play mostly with the lego people. I have seen him sit for long periods of time playing only with the lego people. He even has a box of some of his favorites in his room.
I'm not sure, but I think Squidward has been hired as a policeman and put in charge of security of the lego people community.

As I cleaned up legos that night, I couldn't help but notice a few of Gavin's creations that were extra special. These creations are completely his. I have not posed them, I simply stood them up and snapped a pic. He gets all the credit...

Let's see. What's happening here? Patrick from Spongebob is wearing an astronaut helmet, a coastguard jacket and motorcycle chaps. Sounds like just a regular day for Patrick. Oh, yeah, and he's missing an arm. Good thing he's a starfish and can grow it back.

Ok, Scuba tank on his back. motorcycle helmet, two guns, and an open shirt with Tatoos. Looks to me like this guy is looking for a whole lot of trouble and a good chest waxing.

Scuba tank, large guns, and a vertical frying pan hat? Your guess is as good as mine.

Catching butterflies? Ear deformity? Only Gavin knows for sure.

Playing the part of part of Pinocchio today is C-3PO. "I'm a real boy.. specializing in human cyborg relations."

I got this one all figure out... Luke Skywalker, after destroying the death star, gets his medal from Princess Leia, then immediately heads to the beach to show of his prizes from war: a storm trooper helmet and some weapons, and of course his sexy legs. Look out ladies. Luke is on the prowl.

And finally my favorite: Darth Vader, feeling he needs a new look, trades his famous helmet for the much more terrifying "Ax hat."

Do you have better captions for any of these? Do share....

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 14 - The Quiet Man

I've never seen this movie. I just borrowed the pic from wikipedia. =)
I don’t have a lot to say today. 
Well, that’s not true. 
The truth is I don’t have a lot that I want to say today.
Life has been busy, but I really just don’t feel like talking about it too much right now.

My Grandmother, Gladys Stinson, passed away last week. The funeral was this weekend. I’ll be writing about this precious lady soon.

But for now, I’ll just leave you with my weight stats for last week. 
I’m still trending in the right direction, but eating my feelings at the funeral this past weekend sure hasn’t helped my progress.

Here are the stats from Friday 04/08/11 
Weight in Spring 2008 = 330.5 lbs (heaviest ever) 
Final Goal Weight = 230.0 lbs 
Weight 01/01/11 = 310.6 lbs 
Last Week's Weight = 287.6 
Current Weight = 284.8 lbs 
This week's Δ = -2.8 lbs 
This year’s Δ = -25.8 lbs 
Total Δ = -45.7 lbs 
To go = 54.5 lbs.

I'll be my normal wordy self again soon I'm sure.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Reason #72 That I Love My Wife

A glimpse into my day...
Here's a bit of text between the lovely Kristi and I about our plans after work. She asked if I'd make it to Ethan's ball practice after work. My replies are on the right. Hers on the left.

So... Reason #72 that I love my wife:
She is smart.
I am not.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 13 - What Not To Wear

It's been a good week.
Not only did I lose more poundage, but I saw some changes in the wardrobe department as well. So today's weekly weigh in comes with a bonus of fashion talk from me. I know that's what you've been waiting for, me to share my fashion secrets. Clearly I "have it going on" when it comes to fashion.

Normally I wouldn't talk about clothes. Just the idea of going shopping for clothes makes my eye twitch. I wonder why that is. Maybe it's because of the problems I've had for years finding my size. Maybe it's because of the dread of shopping in a "big boy" (Big & Tall) store. Possibly my dread of shopping is a result of me shopping with my Mom when I was little, swinging on a dressing room door, and then breaking that door and getting embarrassed as I laid in my underwear on the floor, hurt. (Yep, that happened.) I don't really know. I just know I don't like it.

Well, today I will set aside all those thoughts and talk just a little about clothes.
I've been looking forward to getting into a smaller size in clothes. I've mentioned earlier that one of my small goals was to get back to wearing a 2X shirt. I've always been able to wear a 2X shirt. They've just run a little more snug than I like. My moobs (man boobs) are large enough. No need to show them off with a tight shirt. So I was looking forward to wearing a 2X shirt and it actually looking ok.

Some of you have asked me how I can feel comfortable talking so openly about my weight and all these issues. Honestly, I don't. I hate writing how much I weigh, but I know that being honest about this stuff is helping me to get away from it. It's helping me to remember daily to make the right choices.

That being said, here's some honesty for ya. At my heaviest I had gotten up to a 48" waist. There I said it. That's about how tall my 7 year old is. 48".

I know.
That's awful, but finally it's going down.

This week at Wally World, I decided to spend just a little bit of money and buy me some clothes to use as a goal. I wanted to have some clothes that wouldn't fit...yet, but that I could use as a measure to see when I could wear them comfortably. So I bought the cheapest clothes I could find for a guy my size.  I got some very fancy $11 "Faded Glory" jeans and an $11 2X Cookie Monster t-shirt. Yep big money.

When I got home I tried them on to see how tight they were and to find out how close I'd be to actually wearing a 44" waist and a 2x shirt.

Surprisingly, they both fit!! I gotta admit, I was as happy as a fat kid at a buffet.

A 44' waste is still plenty big. But its a start.
I  wonder what that measurement will be when I'm down to my final goal?
Well, that's still a long way off, but I'll get there.

How about you? You meeting your goals? What are they?

Here are the stats from Friday 04/01/11
Weight in Spring 2008 = 330.5 lbs (heaviest ever)
Final Goal Weight = 230.0 lbs
Weight 01/01/11 = 310.6 lbs
Last Week's Weight = 291.4
Current Weight = 287.6 lbs
This week's Δ = -3.8 lbs
This year’s Δ = -23.0 lbs
Total Δ = -42.9 lbs
To go = 57.6 lbs.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

He Commenced To Shaving

I was looking through some old pics earlier and found these. 

Wow. These are bad.

On December 19th, 2009 I had a crazy idea to stop shaving. I even blogged about it here and here.
I had never before tried to grow a beard. It didn't take me long to see that this experiment just wasn't going to be a success for me. Some guys can grow awesome thick beards. Some can't. I'm one of the latter.
So one month into this experiment I decided I was done. I was tired of the itching and gross looking growth on my face so I decided to shave it all off on January 17th, 2010.
Unfortunately for her, the lovely Kristi was there to take pics of the shaving process. Enjoy...

Full beard, after 4 weeks of not shaving. side view.

Same full beard, front view. And yes, I'm rocking a glorious v-neck white undershirt.

The Shaving begins, with lambchop sideburns.

Almost a goatee...but not quite. A sad mustache and hair under your chin do not a goatee make.

What I might look like if my neck hair would decide to move on up my chin towards my mouth where it should be.

My Colonel Sanders look.

Soul patch? Not even.

Who has two thumbs and looks like Louie the plumber from Chicago? This guy.
This is my "I've just tied a damsel to the railroad tracks and I dare the hero to come save her" mustache.
And finally, back to my fat baby face, but still rocking that awesome shirt. =)   

What do you think? Should I try this experiment again?

Special thanks to the lovely Kristi for the photography work,
and to the Rick & Bubba Show for the inspiration for this entry's title.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Big Brother Is Watching You

Blogging is weird. 
Well, maybe I should say my blog is weird.

A lot of bloggers find a topic and stick to it. But mine is sort of all over the place. So I’m not really sure what topic brought you here today. I’ve been trying to learn more about blogging and one of the things I’ve learned is that it’s a good idea to know where your readers are coming from and what they want to read. Now, I'm not a fan of Big Brother following my every move on the internet. But I've given up on ever having any privacy. And honestly, I'm having a little fun being able to see how you got to this blog.

According to Google Analytics over half of the people who visit my little area of the interwebs come through my connections with them on Facebook. (Side note: Big thanks to all of you who “liked” Tales from Street Road on facebook recently. Thanks to you, I now have my own facebook url.  If you haven’t yet “liked” it yet go to and do that now.... What are you waiting for?)

Another chunk of you have found me through my connection with, specifically the Sunday setlists that I participate in sharing weekly.

But probably the most intriguing group of visitors are those that stumbled here, those that clicked on a link and ended up here by accident. Through the magic that is Google Analytics, I have learned that there are a few folks who were on a google search for something specific and instead they found me.  What phrases do you think they were looking for that led them here?

 - “Worship leading”? ....nope

 - “Stories of family life”?....nope

 - “Interesting blogs”?.....Not even close

The number one phrase that brought people here from google is ... "Wheel of Cheese".

Yep, “Wheel of Cheese” brought more people here from Google than any other phrase.  I assume it was this little entry from 2009 that they found.

Other interesting search terms on that list were... 
- “fat people” 
- “10% fat” 
- “assumptions about fat people”

Based on this list, I’m beginning to think I should diversify my blog topics a little. 
Besides cheese, what do you think I should write about?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Setlist 03-27-11

I turned things around a little at Westwood today. By that, I mean that I did something a little different. My typical format is to start with upbeat songs of celebration and gradually move towards slower, more mellow worship songs. Today we swapped it around. Starting with slower songs of praise and ending with an upbeat worship time instead. It was received well.  Here's what we did and some notes.

Prelude:  We Fall Down (Tomlin)
Announcements: Shawn
Jesus, We Crown You With Praise (Wolfe - Brooklyn Tab)
We Fall Down (Tomlin)

There Is A Redeemer (Green)
Welcome / Fellowship
Crown Him With Many Crowns (HYMN)
Holy Is The Lord (Tomlin)
Not To Us (Tomlin)
Offertory Prayer: Deacon
Special Music: Deep (Way Down)  (Selah Version)
Kara Kinnaird, Heather Potts, Shawn Stinson & WBC Rhythm Section

Message: “Lamb of God: The Passover” (Exodus 12:21-30)
Theme: Salvation always involves sacrifice
Invitation: Worthy Is The Lamb (Zschech)
Closing Chorus: Not To Us (Tomlin)

The service went well. No musical trainwrecks. As the service started, I shared how I was reminded of the first song in a dream. It was a song I hadn't heard or thought about in years. But I recently had a dream about being in church singing it so we did it today. Everyone seemed to really sing out on this favorite from a decade ago.
Also, there was an unintended theme in the song lyrics today. 4 of the 8 songs we did today referenced crowning Christ as Lord. That was completely accidental. But maybe I should have kept that to myself. People may have thought that was on purpose.
On a personal note, I got to sing harmony today. This doesn't happen very often. I sang in a trio with two of our sopranos and it went great. We didn't quite hit our goal of "peeling white people off the ceiling" but the majority of the church was on their feet clapping and celebrating the Love of God with us. I'm so thankful for the talent we have in our church. The rhythm section really rocked it. And I'm glad Kara and Heather let me intrude and sing with them.

How was your Sunday?

This entry is part of the Sunday Setlists over at There you can check out what churches are doing all over the world. This entry is about the Sunday morning worship service at Westwood Baptist Church in the Forestdale community of Birmingham, AL (Our services generally include a 30-35 voice choir, 4 person praise team, and full orchestra.)