Sunday, August 29, 2010

Am I Lukewarm?

I've been reading a book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan for a class on Sunday night at church. It's a challenging book that keeps making me question how much I love God and how much I am willing to give Jesus. Chapter 4 is a profile of the lukewarm. Essentially, if I am not loving God with my all and loving my neighbor as much as I love me, I'm worthy of being spit out by Jesus. Chan proposes that if I am not sold out or "radical," I may not be a Christian at all. All is the standard, not just a standard for those called especially to be radical by God. I'm forced to examine and evaluate where I stand in my love for God and others. "Am I rich?" is another good question I should address soon.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Today's Estate Sale

Went to an estate sale today to pick up more goodies for the Ebay machine. Some guy beat me to some great old LPs (like the Fugs, Blue Cheer, and the Byrds) but I did get a great James Brown live album and a Ventures surfing album. I may go back in the morning and try to get these old aluminum chairs I saw. What do you think? If you're interested in something, let me know.
New Horn Rims 
Monkeypod Tray
Great Cover
Awesome Print by Amoroso - (Thanks Steve!)
I like this old fiberglass lampshade.
James Brown - Live 
Picked up these great teak Danish modern salt and pepper shakers at Goodwill in Corpus Christi.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mobile - Roadside America iPhone App

I need this app - Mobile - Roadside America iPhone App. This iPhone app lets you find the roadside attractions all over the country that you probably never see from the interstate. I'm all over the southeast, and I bet there are tons of these "roadside attractions" around here. I've probably seen quite a few already. Am I willing to pay $2.99? I'm thinking about it.

World's Largest Bowling Pin

The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook | The Art of Manliness

More good reasons to carry a Field Notes pocket notebook - The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook | The Art of Manliness. I especially like the portion from The Minister.

My New Workout Program

Gotta love Nedroid!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Braslau Furniture Corpus Christi TX Ghost Signs

Stumbled across these signs from a closed furniture store on Leopard St in Corpus Christi. As a matter of fact, the business is still open but located elsewhere.

I should have contacted the store to see how much they would have sold the steel (I assume) letters to me for.

This stylized "B" would have been awesome.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beckley WV - Old Signs

Just some signs from my trip to WV.

'Lost Skeleton' creator Larry Blamire has a bone to pick -

Finally! The sequel to one of my favorite films came out today - The Lost Skeleton Returns Again. My friend Tim got his copy on DVD today. Here's a write up from USA Today: 'Lost Skeleton' creator Larry Blamire has a bone to pick - If you're a fan of Mystery Science Theater, you'll love this movie. I understand the sequel is just as good. I also need to check out his mystery movie spoof, A Dark and Stormy Night. I stumbled across the original movie (pictured at left) used at Movie Gallery for $5 and couldn't resist the cover, although I knew nothing about the movie. What a great find! I've seen it at least 6 or 7 times and laugh every time.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More Stuff Gone

Just a quick update - gave my brother-in-law an ice cream maker and my Dad a coffee cup he likes. Oh yeah, almost forgot but I gave Britt some trucks and wheels for her new Landyatchz (sp?) longboard. It's actually getting easier to just give things away. If you want something of mine, just ask; I might give it to you.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Renegade Pencils and Mongolian FIELD NOTES

So, it's been established that I think Field Notes pocket notebooks are awesome. Now, you can purchase a set of three translated into Mongolian to support Renegade Pencils - click the link to learn more - Renegade Pencils and Mongolian FIELD NOTES. If you happen to buy a pack, enter "iamasquare" in the Coupon Code box to get a neat button.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Saint Augustine

I read this quote by Saint Augustine a few weeks ago:

"Love God and do as you please."

On first reading, I wasn't sure what to think about this. It seemed a little liberal to me, well, a lot liberal. I mean, where's the rules? Do as I please? That's a little scary. So, I thought about it for a while - maybe even meditated on it. Finally, it dawned on me the simplicity and beauty of the quote. If I love God, really love God, the things I do will be in line with the things God wants me to do. Doing as I please isn't so much about me as it is about God. No rules required. Essentially this is a the same as love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Or so it seems to me. What do you think?.

A Thing A Day: Update

I haven't forgotten this or given up just yet. Over the weekend, I trashed a lot of stuff from my office and shop (mostly boxes, old screws and stuff, baseball cards, etc.). Michelle and I went through the boys' room and tossed out three lawn bags full of junk. After a couple of hours, Michelle decided she hates legos. The boys have a couple million pieces - and that was just what was in the floor and in Seth's desk. Another box full is under the bed. The speakers and stamp sets are still available ($10 each now). More to come.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Old Signs - This One's Gone!

Walter Nipper's Nashville Sporting Goods - Before 
For those who don't know, I take pictures of old signs in all of the places I visit. Most of the larger cities are full of these signs. Part of my thinking was that these signs are going to be gone someday. Well, I took the first photo a couple of years ago. It's a sporting goods store on 8th Ave N in Nashville. How could I resist a photo with a big bass on it? Today I was doing a job on Church St. and when I was leaving I noticed a Sears painted sign a few blocks over I had never photographed before. While walking over I saw the sporting goods store and the sign was gone. Glad I got the first shot.


The Mid-Century Modernist

I like this site - The Mid-Century Modernist. If possible, I would have my entire office equipped from furniture from this era. Watch shows like Mad Men, movies such as The Incredibles, and even iCarly (the apartment Carly shares with her older brother is full of this style of furniture). I enjoy browsing this site because it helps me identify items to pick up on the cheap at yard/estate sales to use or sell (for a profit) later on.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Pen Addict: Giveaway: Doane Paper Daily Arsenal Kit

Doane arsenal

One of my favorite blogs is giving away a bunch of paper products like notebooks, notepads, etc. I love this kind of stuff, which is why I read this particular blog, and thought I would share it with you. All you have to do to enter is click the link - The Pen Addict: Giveaway: Doane Paper Daily Arsenal Kit - and enter a comment. While you're there, browse around a bit and learn more about pens and those who love them. Funny how a blog can be so popular about old fashioned pen and paper. Here's a photo of what you can win (from the Pen Addict site):

Monday, August 2, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010: The Avett Brothers In Concert : NPR

The Avett Brothers
Photo courtesy of NPR

Bonnaroo 2010: The Avett Brothers In Concert : NPR - Here's a link to the Avett Brothers show at Bonnaroo this year. I haven't heard it yet but I would imagine it's really good. There's also a link on this page to the Brothers at the Newport Folk Festival. Give it a listen: you might just be won over by the boys.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

I'm trying this technique to cut down on my clutter - A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time | Unclutterer Forums - in a nutshell, you sell, give away, or trash at tleast one thing every day. So far I've done very well. Of course, I could keep this up for years without a problem, but I am starting to see clear spaces in my office and shop. These are workbenches and table tops I haven't seen in years. I'm shooting for a month but may go until I run out of expendable stuff. So far I've gotten rid of:

  • A guitar amp
  • Several fountain pens
  • An old palm pilot
  • Threw away a computer tower and a guitar body for a project I started 4 or 5 years ago
  • Put an old men's fedora on ebay.
  • Offered a tiki hawaiian shirt for $5 and for free (no takers - anybody?)
  • A Zippo lighter that was given to me.
  • A skateboard for a kid at church (sold it fairly cheap).
  • An old Compaq Armada lap top (if anyone wants it).
More to come.