Monthly Archives: July 2007


On this day in history, Jimmy Hoffa drove to an east michigan diner to meet some of his “associates” and has never been seen again. Recently on the Discovery Channel show “Mythbusters,” they tried searching for Hoffa’s body in Giant Stadium with no luck.

Now, 32 years later, his son “Jimmy Hoffa II” is running the Teamsters Union.

Interesting history.

More importantly to me, it was 11 years on Thursday that I got to marry Melody. We had been dating for two years and decided to marry before our third year in College. Three weeks after graduation, we had Kailey. Then, in July of 2001 we had Molly. It’s been a wild ride so far, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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It’s Over

As of 12:20pm, Justin Loux has passed away.

While it is for sure sad, it is also a relief that he is out of pain. Thank you all for your continued prayers.

The Final Moments

Carepage Photo
Justin Loux – my great-nephew

I spoke with my brother and sister about Justin. His parents have accepted that Justin will not come out of the hospital alive. Today, his kidney’s have shut down so it won’t be much longer. Please keep him and his family in prayer. Thanks to you all who’ve been praying all along.

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PB&J Saves The World

It may sound crazy, but according to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Campaign next time you enjoy a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, you’ll save the environment 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions (over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwhich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets.

It also saves water and land…


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Never Going to Happen Dinner

I saw this on Marko’s page and thought it’d be a cool experiment. Here are the rules:

– the person has to either be a) dead, or b) alive, but no way you’ll ever have a chance to have dinner with them.
– real people only. no fictional characters.
– it’s not 6 individual dinners. it’s a dinner party with 6 people (plus you). think of the mix.
– assume no language barriers. in other words, it doesn’t matter
if they speak or spoke another language than you and your other guests.
you have magic instant translation technology.
– jesus doesn’t count. it’s a dinner party. therefore, 2 or more are gathered. therefore, jesus is already there. – from marko

So, that being said here are the top 6 people in my dinner party:



1. Charles Aldrich – my maternal grandfather who passed away 12 years ago. He was always the life of any dinner and I want more time to be with him and laugh like we used to. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him.
2. Howard Waterman – he was my great uncle.
He played the harmonica better than anyone I’ve ever heard. He was also
one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.
He died three years ago and the world has never been the same.
3. Harold Aldrich – My grandpa’s brother. I loved him, and was one of the biggest inspirations on me as far as pulling practical jokes. I’d love to have him at this dinner, if for no other reason than to hear him egging on my grandpa.
4. Rich Mullins – Rich was kind of a hero of mine. He represented what should be done in music, and lived a life of simplicity and charity that I wish I was brave enough to live. He also loved to laugh and would love a dinner with my relatives.
5. Johnny Cash – The man in black would certainly ramp up the “cool” factor of this dinner. It would be great to have June Carter with him because they completed the other. I know Johnny would have some amazing stories to tell.
6. St. Francis of Assisi – now, I realize that Francis would object to the feast for only 7 people and want to give his portion to the poor. However, I would love to just listen to him for hours and in particular watch his expression as Rich tells him about the play he wrote for him “Canticle of the Plains” and re-naming him Saint Frank for his friends.I know that we’d all walk away from this dinner hurting from laughter, and the realization that we aren’t doing more for the poor. I think it would be an awesome time though.



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Starbucks Is the Center of the Universe

A few years ago, the comic Lewis Black claimed that he had seen the end of the universe. He claims that it is located in Houston, Tx (which I bet my friend Chris Seay would argue IS in fact the “center” of the universe). Why? Because in downtown Houston there are two Starbucks across the street from one another.

Well, lately in my life Starbucks has become a kind of “center.” In that, as I don’t have an office per se I generally meet with friends and others at Starbucks between Grand Rapids and Lansing. Last night, I was able to catch up with an old Spring Hill friend Adam Fergison (sorry if I didn’t spell the last name right), and then today I am meeting my friend Paul in Lansing.

When I was a youth pastor, I could be found at the Okemos Starbucks each day. I was fairly known there, and knew all the employees by name. Over time, we began to share more and more of our lives together. I would walk in and by the time I was at the counter, my fav. drink would be prepared with my name on the cup. It was my “third place” indeed. While I don’t visit one particular Starbucks anymore, it is still a place where I like to go and think, laugh, read, and visit.

No, I am not being paid anything to pitch Starbucks by the way…

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Scribe Fire

I’ve just add Scribe Fire to my Firefox. It is an integrated blogging tool that allows you to drag and drop content into your posts. So far, it looks pretty great. If you want to add it, just go to the “add-ons” section of Firefox and find it, then add it and that’s it. It’s a super fast, and easy way to post.

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