Stanley’s Celebrity Status

I love this hotel! I love the history … more than just of the hotel but of the Stanley brothers. Before Eastman Kodak, there were Freelan Oscar (F.O.) and Francis Edgar (F.E.) Stanley. From dry photography plate process to violins to automobiles and more, these brothers were brilliant! Read more here. There’s also this post I wrote after our own visit.

Stanley Hotel

Room 217 is where Stephen King got his inspiration for his book The Shining just before it closed for the season in 1974. He returned to the hotel in 1995 for the filming of the mini-series version of the movie based on his book. I love both versions of the movie, but I’m partial to the mini-series because of the hotel itself. :)

Enter Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. The hotel’s ghost tours business seemed to explode with such notoriety. This month they had the Stanley Hotel Film Festival. It’s a little sad how the hotel seems to be losing some of it’s charm and class to pop culture. The Stanley Hotel has reached celebrity status, and it’s not necessarily an attractive quality.

A Royal Anniversary | Will & Kate

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that my girls and I camped out in our family room with my cell phone alarm set to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the Royal Wedding live. Two years! Where has the time gone?

William & Catherine, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Photo by Hugo Burnand in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace

I’m still getting back into a blogorythm here. I have to hit 400 posts by Saturday, and I won’t have time to post tomorrow because I’m going straight from working five hours to helping shoot a wedding in Golden. This one is just a filler. :) There are too many things swimming around in my head right now to focus on anything that requires deep thought. I do like to dig into a topic and ramble about it, those posts take over an hour. I have some ideas, and some of them are sure to strike up some lively comment threads if they reach the right people! You’ll just have to wait, though. This chick needs sleep now!

Heaven Fest 2012

Mention Heaven Fest to someone who doesn’t know anything about it, and they seem to draw their own conclusions – much like their reaction at the mention of the “C” word (church) or the “J” word (Jesus). Why do so many people thing all Christians are crazed holy rollers? Do you even know me? :lol:

So this was my first Heaven Fest this weekend, and I really enjoyed it! It was hot and windy, and super fine dirt was blowing everywhere, but it was still a great time! Info on the site said not to bring professional type cameras, so I left mine at home. I didn’t want to carry the extra weight around that long in the heat anyway. It also said not to bring chairs taller than 12″ off the ground (stadium and low beach chairs were OK), but so many people had their regular folding camp chairs there! Now that’s one rule I would have liked to have broken as well. Logging a mental note for next time.

We made it there in time to start our day listening to Read You & Me. I work with two of the band wives! This band tours with Heaven is For Real Ministries around the world and were recently in Singapore. :)

This was Aaron Shust performing (photo below), and you can see the two main stages in the background. It looks dreadfully cloudy here, but most of this is due to the dust in the air. Some clouds did cover the sun, but it never rained!

Trace Bundy was cool. We actually got a spot under a small tree with some shade. I spread out a beach towel and put my bag behind my head to relax and enjoy his music.

Superchick was probably my favorite. They told the story behind writing We Live, which made cry a little. Tricia closed the set with a song from her solo album, You Are My Shepherd.

Jeremy Camp and Switchfoot were the last two bands on the main stages. Jeremy was awesome! We left before Switchfoot played. Hey! It was a long ride home!

As soon as we got home, we had to shower. That’s how bad it was. I’m sure I ate some dirt, and I know my lungs have never had this much dirt in them. It took a couple hours of coughing Sunday morning to clear them out!

Desk Makeover

Lookie what Greg made for my desk! I already had my laptop on a riser, but my second monitor was placed on top of an inverted Steralite storage box. I still wanted it a couple inches higher because my neck was still protesting a bit. So I asked if this was possible, and he did it! Now I don’t have to reach around my drink to get to my phone either. When I need more desk space, I just push my keyboard under the shelf. And that Steralite storage box is now being used for … wait for it … STORAGE! :D

That little bear has been on my desk since right after I started. It represents the company mascot. :)

A Letter to Waste Management

Dear Waste Management,

I feel that it is arrogant of you to expect us to place our rubbish cans perfectly for you to make it easy for you to do your job only to have you place them lazily in the street behind the very cars that you don’t want blocking the cans in the first place. That’s just rude!

I saw that you almost skipped picking up a neighbor’s trash this morning because her car was blocking it. The poor lady came running out of her house waving her arm and yelling, “I’m moving it!” Yet, two weeks ago, you placed our cans so that they completely blocked our recycling bins from view of the recycling truck. Therefore, we were overlooked and have almost twice as much recycling out this time. I say almost because we ended up tossing a lot of recycling in the normal trash the last two weeks because our bins were full!

For the record, no, I don’t feel your job is easy or unimportant. However, when you show such little respect for us, how are we to show respect for you?

A Homeowner Tired of Your Laziness

Here is what they do with rubbish cans when they’re done (and yes, I like saying “rubbish”)

There is room on the wide sidewalk on the other side of that mound of snow you see.

Phishing – Run From the Hook!

Don’t be a victim of phishing scams. If you allow yourself to become a victim of phishing, then don’t place the blame where it doesn’t belong. Phishers will create very official looking emails and web pages to lure you to enter your security information. DO NOT click links in these emails or enter your security info! ALWAYS go directly to the company’s website yourself to be sure you are on the right page. Check the URL at the top of your browser, too. Most login pages will begin with “https://”

Here are some good reads to arm yourself with knowledge:

Phishing: how to outwit the fraudsters
How Not to Get Hooked by a ‘Phishing’ Scam
After Epsilon: Avoiding Phishing Scams & Malware

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about phishing.

If you have to contact the company that you thought sent you the email with the link, please don’t harass them and accuse them of being at fault. They are trying to help you. A simple “thank you” will do nicely. :)


The Case for The Bible | Evidence

I bet you thought I left yet another thing unfinished. Nope! I may get sidetracked, but sooner or later, I do get back to what I started. Sometimes it takes months, sometimes years. In this case, it has been 2.5 months since I started reading New Evidence and blogging about it.

Saturday was my first full day off after working 12 days in a row, so I spent about six hours of it getting through part one of four in this book. Part one was “The Case for The Bible”. After a bit of history explaining how we got the Bible, including the materials used to write it, some interesting things were pointed out. First of all, Christ himself witnessed to the Old Testament talking about the law, the prophets, the writings (Psalms), and the martyrs throughout the entire OT from Abel to Zechariah. (I like how that’s A-Z!)

When speaking to the historical reliability of the Bible, more interesting points were made:

  1. The unexplained is not necessarily unexplainable.
  2. Fallible interpretations do not mean fallible revelation.
  3. Make sure you understand the content of the passage.
  4. Interpret difficult passages in light of clear ones.
  5. Don’t base teaching on obscure passages. The main things are the plain things. If something is important, it will be clearly taught in scripture, and probably in more than one place. When a passage is unclear, never conclude that it means something else or opposes another plain teaching.
  6. The Bible is a human book with human characteristics.
  7. Just because a report is incomplete does not mean it’s false. Sometimes things are complimentary, not contradictory.
  8. New Testament citations of the OT need not always be exact.
  9. Context will dictate whether a word should be taken literally or figuratively.
  10. General statements don’t necessarily mean universal promises.
  11. Later revelation supersedes previous revelation. God did not reveal everything at once, but that doesn’t make contradiction.
  12. Archaeology has found evidence that proves the accuracy of the Bible.
  13. The Bible is trustworthy and historically reliable.

Translated text of the Bible compared to that of 1,000 years earlier proved to be word for word identical in more than 95% of the text. The other 5% were merely variations in spelling – nothing that affected the message. In 184 cases, evidence shows that for 2300-3900 years, the text of the proper names in the Hebrew Bible have been transmitted with minute accuracy.

Then, of course, there are the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Part two is “The Case for Jesus” – just over 200 pages. Will it be a week? Two weeks? Another 2.5 months? My goal was to finish by the end of January. I’m changing that to finish by the end of March!

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday | Snow in Colorado

Ya gotta love winter in Colorado! Especially in our area. We are at about an altitude 5800 feet in our neighborhood, which is fairly east of the foothills just at the beginning of the plains, and about 20 miles southeast of downtown Denver. It was in the 50s yesterday but quickly turned into snow in the wee hours of the morning.

I had to take Miranda to school early this morning, but I also seriously needed gas. After comparing getting gas after dropping her off to before dropping her off (about a 5 mile difference), I decided drive the one mile to get it first and also add weight to the car!