“Three Things Thursday On Friday” Makes a Dramatic Return!

We haven’t done this in awhile, partly because I got lazy, partly because I wasn’t thinking of good topics. But here’s one:

Your Three Favorite Olympics Memories

Since we’re in the midst of the Olympics now, it has got me thinking of the Olympics in the past and what sticks out to me the most. Not to make people feel old, but I really only remember back to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Here are some conditions for the discussion:

1. They can’t be from this Olympics. I think everyone would put Michael Phelps or Dara Torres up there, and we can’t really appreciate this Olympics until they are gone and past. So nothing from this year.

2. They can be from either Summer or Winter Games.

3. They have to have taken place during your life time. So I can’t talk about Jesse Owens running in front of Hitler or Cassius Clay tearing apart the competition.

So with those three rules, here are my three things!

3. I’ve honestly found it difficult to get three big ones in my head. There is one overwhelming one and a bunch of lesser ones. So here, I’ll mention the lesser ones:

– Nancy Kerrigan winning the silver in 1994 after she was attacked. Watching Harding complain and cry on the ice was nice, too.

– Tommy Moe winning gold and silver in 94.

– Watching Jonny Moseley win the gold from the bar at the hotel we were staying while my sister was at a ski meet with Virginia Tech.

– Jamaican Bobsled team- I know this was in 88, but I vaguely remember all the hype. And it inspired ‘Cool Runnings’, so you have to recognize it!

-The US winning gold in baseball in 2000 and coached by Tommy Lasorda.

– Misty May and Kerri Walsh winning in Greece.

– Carl Lewis defeating all odds and winning the gold in 1996 in the Long Jump.

– Gail Devers and those nasty fingernails

– Kerri Strug’s vault in 1996.

– Bonnie Blair in 2000.

– Apollo Anton Ohno- before dancing with the stars.

– Rulon Gardner beating Karelin, who hadn’t been beaten in his 13 year career. He then did a cartwheel.

– Dan Jansen finally winning Gold in 1994. His sister died the day of his race in ’88, and he slipped. In 1992, he skated poorly. In 1994 he fell just before finishing when he was on record pace. But a few days later he finally won gold in his last chance. Actually, this is my official third choice.

Bad Moments

– Greg Louganis hitting his head

– Bode Miller’s failures, even letting down NH.

– US not getting gold in basketball.

– Dan and Dave falling flat before the Games actually began.

2. Michael Johnson and the Golden Shoes- This was one of the first great sprinters that I followed in 1996 in Atlanta. He is the only man to win the 200 and 400 and presently has the world record in both. (although Bolt from Jamaica just broke the 200 time.) He was a part of the 4×100 in Sydney that won gold (later taken away because a guy doped) and they all struck poses with the flag. A lot of people didn’t like it, but I thought it was pretty cool.

1. My all time favorite memory is really no surprise: The Dream Team in 1992. I still watch the tapes that we recorded of them destroying the competition and the other teams just being in awe of the players. (Actually, we just watched some a month ago with some College students. Here are some favorite memories:

– Charles Barkley not caring that it is practically an exhibition and just physically punishing people.

– Watching the guys try to set up Christian Laettner, who was just happy to be there.

– Pippen to Jordon on a fast break off the back board slam dunk.

– Teams taking pictures with them after the game.

– Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing transforming into ‘Larry and Harry’.

– Larry and Jordon’s McDonald’s commercial where they play H-O-R-S-E. “Through the window, off the scoreboard, nothing but net…”

– Somewhat related- Lithuania’s uniforms designed by the Grateful Dead.

– Unfortunate Memory- Larry Bird on the sideline laying on the ground because of his back.

Three Things: Three Course Meal

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Here’s some food for thought for the weekend.  What would be your best three course meal?  This topic of conversation first came up when I was in Uganda and we were somewhat sick of eating food with largely no taste or flavor.  So here’s my meal:

1. Appetizer- I would open up my meal with a Tri-tip Chopped Salad from Stonefire.  Its a restaurant in Santa Clarita, down the street from the college.  Every time I go, I get this salad.  Delicious!  You put their BBQ sauce on it.  And as a bonus, it would come with their bread sticks on the side.

2. Main Course- This is a tough one, but I think I have to say the Pasta Milano from Macaroni Grille.  It is so good, and I haven’t had it in awhile.  Thankfully, if I ever end up moving back to NH, they have one in northern Mass.  I remember when I first moved out here, I saw a Macaroni Grille and thought, wow, what a stupid name for a restaurant.  Do you grill macaroni?  The question remains.

3. I’m not a huge desert guy.  I generally don’t ever have room for it, because I love the main course so much.  Of course I love anything peanut butter, but I can’t really think of a desert that I would love.  So I’m going to throw in another main course.  I would have Baby Back Ribs.  From where, I’m not totally sure.  I really like some of Chilli’s, and had some AMAZING ribs in Kentucky a couple years ago.  I’ll be back in Kentucky in a few weeks, and I’m salivating just thinking about their meat.  mmmmmmmmm…………

So what’s yours?

Three Things: Female vocalists that you like

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I haven’t had any time to post lately, but here’s an interactive one. I was thinking about this as Leah and I were driving through Pasadena the other night. I don’t like a lot of female vocalists, but there are some that I just love. And I don’t want any diva’s. No Madonnas or Celine Dions. Here are my three underrated female vocalists:

1. Lori Chaffer of “Waterdeep”. I got to see this band open for Bebo Norman back when Masters used to have concerts. They were supposed to be a small opener, but I ended up liking them more than Bebo. Lori heads the band with her husband, Don. They had to put the band on the back burner due to family medical issues and a grieving process. During this time, Don and Lori recorded solo albums that are great. I especially love Lori’s album “1beginning”. They are a folk rock type band, and are great live. If you want, you can check out their live album “3.26.03- Muncie, Illinois”. They have some great jams and fantastic versions of their best stuff. They also fuse worship into a lot of their albums, and recorded a worship album, “You Are So Good to Me”. I highly recommend Lori Chaffer and Waterdeep. And I just heard that they released a new album that I haven’t checked out yet.

Lori is second from the left, with her husband Don.

2. Sara Watkins of “Nickel Creek”. I have recently become a huge Nickel Creek fan, only to find out that they were on their ‘Farewell (For Now) Tour’. Argh. I don’t know what took me so long, but I absolutely love their “Why Should the Fire Die?” album. One reason is Sara Watkins. She has a great range from smooth and soothing to strong and demanding. The band is again somewhat folk rock. They are a trio from SoCal, and incorporate the fiddle, violin, mandolin, and the guitar. Their songs are written quite well, but a warning here, they aren’t all biographical. Watkins, again in the band with her husband, can sing with a smooth, feathery voice on ‘Tomorrow is a Long Time” (a Bob Dylan song), but then changes to a strong, demanding voice in “Best of Luck”. A great album that I fully recommend.

3. The third one is a little hard, so I’m going to combine my honorable mentions: Danielle Young (Caedmon’s Call), Sarah Mclachlan (though that is almost on the border of being against my rules), Amy Winehouse (great retro voice, but an unfortunately tortured soul), Sandra McCracken (wife to Derek Webb and a great story how they met that I’ll through in at the end), Dolores O’Riordan (Cranberries), Amy Lee (evanescence- a great, powerful voice), Sarah Bowser (listen to “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” on the Indelible Grace I cd), Jennifer Knapp, Kendall Payne, Diana Ross (Supremes days), Cass Elliot (Mamas and the Papas), and I’ll add more if I think of them!

How Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken met: Derek was making a coffee run for Caedmon’s Call and heard her playing in the coffee shop. He grabbed her cd, played it for the band, and they decided to have her join them on tour. As they spent time together, they realized that they were meant for each other, and eventually got together, married, and now have one child. They’ve also created quite a few songs together.

Three Things… Laws You Would Pass

Before I start this, let me just remind everyone that the new season of Lost is right around the corner.  Tonight, they will be re-airing the season finale, but in ‘Pop-Up Video’ fashion.  They will be popping up random facts that may have not been revealed on the show.  I believe this will be a revealing of facts that have been revealed in the Missing Pieces, Alternate Reality Game, and the Lost Experience.  That will be at 9pm tonight.  Then tomorrow will be a recap episode, catching people up, which will be followed by the premier.  That all starts at 8pm.  And like always, I’ll be expecting you all to come here and share your initial reactions and your theories!

Three Things

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In honor of the political season, I’m looking for three laws you would pass.  For sake of interesting posts, no anti-abortion, marriage laws, etc.  Those are given.  I want interesting laws.

1. Everyone should be able to take a test in order to vote.  You should be able to answer questions about government, how it works, who is in it,  and what you are voting on.  Voting is a right that we have, but I don’t want people who don’t think about things voting.  This would be eliminating the ignorant vote.

2. Voting for presidential elections should be by delegates, not states.  I realize that this would mean politicians would be less likely to go to towns in the middle of nowhere, but I’m sick of two things: states where winner takes all, and people’s votes not counting.  I realize some states do this, and it doesn’t make any sense not to.  We’re trying to elect a president for the country, therefore everyone in the country should have an equal voice.

3.  It should be easier to become a citizen.  Now this one, I’m speaking largely from ignorance, and I fully admit that.  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, lately, about what a Christian’s reaction should be to illegal immigration.  I think too many Christians just take marching orders from a political party and don’t stop and think about what Christ would have them think on various issues.  One of these topics is immigration.  I’ve seen many people who claim to be Christians react against illegal immigration with hate.

I realize it is illegal, and obviously I don’t support that.  But I don’t think that’s the issue.  I think the issue is that it takes 8 years to be able to become a citizen.  I’m not calling for amnesty, I’m just saying if it were easier, our economy would be more stable, and we’d have an influx of tax money that is being stolen from the system and mailed to South America.  I hear politicians say that they are going to ship them all home, I hear Christians say that they are leeches on our system and fail to resemble any sort of compassion.  We have a great country here, and we should rejoice with those that might be able to come here legally and take part in that.  Instead of working on kicking them all out, only to have them come back in, lets think about how we can speed up the process of becoming a legal, tax-paying citizen.

I have some other laws that would be a good idea, but that’s it for now.

Three Things… You Like that Others Take No Interest In

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This is in response to a request, and somewhat in reaction to the last ‘three things’. What are three things that you find great interest in that society generally doesn’t understand?

1. Willow- one of my all time favorite movies that most people just don’t get. I think it’s genius. I love the story, the characters, the dialogue, and Sorsha.

2. Hootie and the Blowfish- I know, most of their songs sound the same, but its a good sound. I love Darius Rucker’s voice, and I’m actually that person that bought his solo album “Back to Then”. It brings me back to my high school days, and it’s just very relaxing music.

3. Bad Fast Food places- I guess I’m notorious around here for loving places that are just a cut below ‘acceptable’. One place was “Spikes” which served chicken teriyaki on rice. They had fries with the seasoning salt on them and then a side of potato salad came with it. It sounds good, but the place is a little below some people’s cleanliness standards. I only got sick there once, which is miraculous because I ate there almost every day when I was single. Just last week I was taking a high schooler out to eat, and he said it was my choice of where to go, so I said “Spikes”, which was just down the street from his high school where I picked him up. He said “but that place is closed down.” I thought he was kidding. Sadly, he wasn’t. He was right, it’s closed. Sniff… Sniff…

Another place is “Ono Hawaiin BBQ”. This place isn’t quite as low rent as the other, but I love their food. They have great Chicken Katsu and BBQ Beef. The portions are huge, so I just get a mini-meal that is a little cheaper and still fills me up. And it comes with macaroni salad and rice. When I wasn’t eating at Spikes, I was eating at Ono. Many people got sick of me going there, but I still like it.

What are your three things?

Three Things… of no interest

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The other day I was listening to the radio on the way home and the hosts were doing a bit on ‘three things’. They were sharing three things that they don’t get or have no interest in. These would be things that most of society seems to have an interest in, but you just don’t get. I’m going to try to do a ‘Three Things’ post once a week, and hopefully you’ll all be able to play along! So here are my three things:

1. Harry Potter- I have zero interest in it. I’ve never read a book, and if I did, I’d feel like I was wasting my time. I’m not doubting that they’re written well, and this isn’t even an objection on moral grounds, I just have no interest. We were on the plane, headed back east, and they were showing one of the movies. All I had to do was plug my head phones in and I could hear it, but I just had no interest. I saw one movie and just thought it was stupid and written poorly.

2. Entertainment Magazines- like People and US Weekly. How can people read these things? Most people admit to just looking at the pictures. What? Are you seven years old? They just seem to be a collection of pictures and captions that you could get for free online. And you are in now way, shape, or form, any better off when you are done “reading”.

3. The Olympics- I know this may come as a surprise, but I just have no interest. The only interest I could gather is for men’s basketball, and that’s only because its like an NBA All-Star game, except they are trying. I’ve tried to get into them in the past, but they are just a bunch of people that I don’t know, and that I’ll forget, doing random things people call ‘sports’. And it seems like the ones who excel are usually cheating. Just can’t get excited about the Olympics this year.

So what are your ‘three things’?