A Roman Catholic Priest, an Anglican priest and a Baptist preacher were standing near a river conversing, when the subject of which church was nearest to the teaching of God arose. The Roman Catholic priest said that of course, there was no argument that the Roman Catholic church was the nearest, as they were descended directly from the Apostles, in fact Peter was their first Pope. He said in fact, so close are we, that I can even walk on water like Jesus and he proceeded to walk on the water to the other side.

The Anglican Priest said the Anglican church was very similar in origin to the Catholics and he too demonstrated his ability to walk on water like Jesus Christ.

The Baptist preacher said that he did not care where their origins were, he studied the word and preached it purely, and without any embellishments. Since they could walk on water he should be even better at it. He took one step forward and sunk knee deep into the river.

The Roman Catholic Priest whispered to the Anglican Priest, “Do you think we should tell him where the rocks are?”

back amoung the living

It’s been an eventfull weekend.  The girls went and celebrated Lori’s birthday.  took her to the beach.  So we went bowling.  Just trying to recover from this past week.  And then finding out that joe had a different idea in what they needed so that was kind of disapointing.  Hopefully this will be a easier week.

i thought i was going crazy

I was working in my office at church and kept hearing this chime.. it started high and ended low.  i thought maybe it was a computer making the noise.. ended up turning off all the pc’s here in the office.. no luck.  turned off the tv.. still.. turned off the ac.. still i went to the bathroom.. it was following me.  i took off my watch.. and my phone.. and in the admininistration office i heard the chime again! Argh.. the aliens have abducted my brain and probed me with some device to drive me insane!!! or maybe it was i forgot that i had picked up a cell phone left in the church last night and put it in my pocket and forgot about it. 

tell jimmy i have his phone.

Give Honor to Whom Honor is Due

One of the two men that taught me everything I know about the title business has gone to be with Jesus today.  The call has just come in.  Bobby is gone. Bobby has been fighting cancer for the last three years or so.  It started in his knees and by the time it’s over, he’s had multiple surgeries, the removal of a lung, and unmentionable pain and suffering.  Lee, his wife, has been by his side through it all.  His dad is ninety-something years old and lived for his son. Lee and Bobby had no children. Bobby was a college graduate and a law school graduate. All of this by the time he was 40. And now, he’s achieved the greatest accomplishment of all – he is standing before Jesus!

I just don’t get it.  Bobby never hurt a flea… well, okay.. he didn’t like bugs, so he probably did hurt fleas, but you know what I mean.  He was always smiling, would take the time to teach you anything he knew, wanted to learn all he could about what you knew, laughing, teasing, just an all around wonderful man.

We talked several months ago, when he came home to “get his affairs in order” . I told him I wanted to ask him a question and before I could get it out, he said, “Don’t worry… I know Jesus, and I know that I am going home to be with Him.  Look at the bright side”, he said, “at least I won’t hurt anymore.”   I asked him what more could I do.  His reply was:  “You’ve already done enough.  You’ve been a true friend… just let me go when it’s time, and take care of my Dad the best you can, until he’s with me and mom”. (He buried his mom about a year ago).  I still don’t think I did enough, but Bobby is one not to argue with, so I let it drop.

Well, Bobby, the time has come to let you go. At least your not hurting anymore, and you deserve that.  When they put you in Hospice last Thursday, I asked God to take you quick and it’s been less than a week. On the upside of this whole thing, I figure your probably in Heaven right now, pulling maps, and abstracts, and trying to figure out the soveigntry, but I think it will take you awhile because God’s been around a looooooooooooooong time.  I will do my best where your dad is concerned, but you know he is stubborn.  Try not to turn Heaven upside-down before I can get there.

You changed my life, Bobby Case.  You took a chance and taught me this industry and I am where I am today, because of you and your family.  You will be missed.  But you will not be forgotten.

Thanks guys!

Jimmy, Guy, Gerry, Simion, Marty, Patti and Carla.. I can’t thank you guys enough for the effort you guys put in last night.  We got alot done.  We are really close to being done.  Ran an entire new 26 pin CCU cable, 15 pin robot control cable, ran 3 RG59’s from the amp room to the camera rack, mounted camera 3, fixed the DMX cable.  repaired a few ceiling tiles.  Ran 3 RG6’s on the stage, installed the on stage video monitors, patched both control cables, and even had time to remake some of announcement tiles.  I love you guys.  I could have never gotten this done without your help.  Tommrow we will finish a few of the minor things left over.  Once this is all done, things will be alot easier around here.  I’m getting anxious!

best hot dogs on earth

I was just talking with Audrey, she mentioned that she’s going to Alanta.  I remember one night johnny and i were living on Dove.. and up late one night.. had PBS on and there was a documentry on hot dogs.  It was really quite interesting.  I find myself craving hot dogs every now and then.  But not your sonic hot dogs.. i mean real chili chese hot dogs.  the kind that make your tummy ache thinking of them.  When i was in Alanta doing disaster recovery out there, i had the keys to the rental car so i headed my way over to 75 and visitied The Varsity

When i was in chicago.  If your into the band Chicago, and hotdogs; Demon Dogs is pretty good.  Penselvinia you have to check out The Original Hot Dog Shop.  New York City, besides the sidewalk hot dogs, you have Gray’s Papaya.  But of course you can’t forget Wienerschnitzel.  I might just have to make up en excuse to visit corpus for one of these bad boys.

when you say..

It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I can never explain
What I hear when you don’t say a thing

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking out loud
but when you hold me near you drown out the crowd
try as they may they could never define
Whats being said between your heart and mine

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

That Smile on your face
The truth in your eyes
The touch of your hand lets me know that you need me

We had so much fun saturday

I think we had more fun than the kids.  Saturday we packed up Patti’s surbaban, took the kids and the Todds and headed over to Los Fresnos to the Rio Grande Valley Renaissance Faire.  They had Leonardo and The Magic Brush, Pirate Shantyman and Bonnie Lass, we got to watch the spaniards vs the pirates.  and through it all.. tried to keep Guy and Jimmy at bay.  Tori came home with an authenic eye patch and we all learned the Pirate Salute.  Arrrggh.


Tuesday is the big day.  About once a year we have a big work day and we’re having ours early this year.  Here’s a bit of what’s going to be going on.  I’ll need as many of you guys that can show up there. 

1. Check Mic cable on Ch. 36 feed to board. Test for ground loss. 15 min

2. Stress Test mic 36 15 min

3. DMX – Lighting Test XLR cable to lighing controller. 15 min

– tools needed xlr tester, punch, soldering iron

4. Run Perminate Camera 5 and Camera 6 cable 2 hours

– tools needed RG59 Spool; scafold

5. Replace Projector (right) 30 min

6. Clean filters on old projector 30 min

– tools needed Lift

7. Run composite return from booth to control room 1 hour

– RG59 (half already done)

8. Install Camera 3 cable (control and video) 2 hours

– Scafold, lift, 26 pin cable, 15 pin control cable

9. Install medusa cables behind curtian on hooks 1 hour

– need cable hooks and medusa cable, BNC amphonal connectors, crimp tools

10. Install camera labels on video switcher 10 min

– need transperencys

11. Setup processing on board on mackie mixer 15 min

12. Install floor pocket 2 hours (do last)

– floor pocket, recriprocating saw, install grade audio cable, soldering iron

13. white balance simion camera 10 min

14. install chior tv monitor 30 min

– 35 in tv, rg 6 cable, splitter

15. program presets on remote cameras

16. install transcoder #1

17. put composite video switcher on this feed.

Carla’s Poem

Lonely feelings where did you come from?

Making me feel like I’m the only one.

Feeling so weak and sad.

How could I possibly feel this bad?

I am a child of God, you see!

This can’t be happening to me.

What have I done, where did I go wrong?

Is this attack going to last long?

I can’t take it, I’m about to break.

Then your love floods in like a lake.

I hear your whisper, child, I love you.

Why do you doubt my love is true?

The cause of your problems is easy

You’ve gotten so busy, you took your eyes off of me.

O Lord, please forgive me for turning my eyes

Putting my focus on me and believing the lies

O Father I don’t want to live this way

I don’t want to go astray.

Life without you is not worth living

Your presence makes my heart sing.

Thank you Lord, for forgiving me

And reminding me where my eyes need to be

Focused on you and nothing else

Giving you the glory and not myself

Walking by Faith and not by sight

Getting in YOUR word, and shining YOUR light

Giving YOU my everything

O Lord, your praises I will sing

You Lord are the only way

YOU give me strength to make it through today

To do the things you called me to.

To live my life solely for You.

Thank you Lord, for this time you spent with me

You opened my eyes to the truth, so I can see

During these times, I have never been alone

I just needed to stop and fall, before your Throne.


Written on December 29, 2005 by Carla Todd

Given by the Lord.