Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Chuck...Put the Milk Down

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Return of the Jazzy Jedi

Vader Plays The Blues

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Weekend in Wisconsin


Oh, what I would have given to have been in my homestate this past weekend. My Badgers prevailed, and so did my Packers. Brett Favre is the only QB whose career I have followed from the very beginning. To see him tie Marino's record caused a lump in my throat (or was that popcorn?).
My only disappointment came from the Brewers. Although I was happy to see the Braves doing so well.
I could almost smell the bratwurst coming from Lambeau Field yesterday. Oh, to have been there, clad in my Favre jersey and a cheesehead hat, with my face painted green and gold. On Wisconsin!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I Can Dream, Can't I?

I am obviously obsessing with turning 40 this year. Some of my comrades are probably a bit unnerved by my continual pining over reaching one score years. In total fairness, this is MY blog, so I can pretty much pine all I want! :o)

Actually, I do not intend to lament the first 39 years here tonight. Instead, I am posting my 40th Birthday Wish List, with emphasis being on the word, "Wish."

  1. The complete set of Ally McBeal on DVD. No, I am not joking.
  2. A Packer game at Lambeau Field complete with Beer and Bratwurst.
  3. A weekend getaway with just me and Tracy.
  4. An alternative wish to #3: a weekend with no kids, pets, or in-laws.
  5. A sky jump. I can already feel the adrenaline!
  6. The financial ability to afford instruction in the art of Jeet Kune Do.
  7. A new tattoo. Either that, or an upgrade to the old tattoo. It looks like it was drawn with a marker.
  8. An evening with James, Jazz, and/or an evening in which I am allowed to be totally sophomoric with James and Jazz.
  9. Tickets to Manilow in Vegas. Maybe throw in a couple grand for the Baccarat table.
  10. A reunion tour of Van Halen with David Lee Roth back at the microphone.
  11. Last but not least, a ride in a Dodge Viper (provided I can fit inside of one!).
  12. In the event that #11 is a "no go" a ride in Rick's mini will do.
  13. Cruise for brunch with Chuck in a 1980 Chevelle/Chevette (sorry for the oversight, Amigo).

Wow, that was fun! Now back to reality. Even though dreams help us keep plugging away.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Plagiarism Is Alive and (Not Very) Well


It seems I have a "blog stalker." Not only has he copied my name, but the name of my blog and he is using it to propagate meaningless Howard Stern-esque banter. I have been forced to moderate any comments from him on my blog, since my blog is rated "G" and his comment profanity is almost an art form.
However, I have resolved to pray for "Evil Todd" and his followers, that all three of them may find grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It's kind of like the Star Trek episode where the transporter creates two Kirks, the evil one and the good one. In the end, both needed each other to survive. I suspect that this will not be the case here.

Monday, September 17, 2007

And So It Begins...


This has been a big year for me personally. Soon I will be saying "fare-thee-well" to my first 39 years. I have two children who started high school this year, which rebooted my prayer life somewhat. Yesterday was a big day for my son; he now has his first "girlfriend," a nice young girl from our youth group. I am happy for him, but at the same time, I don't want him to allow girls to do to him what they did to me. I am praying for him to be sure enough of who and Whose he is so as not to allow some girl to destroy his self-esteem or to put his heart in a blender and press "frappe."
I was proud to see him holding the door for his new friend and conducting himself like a gentleman. That he got from his Dad!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Random Ruminations

  • During WWII, it seems that there were a lot of "war pictures" made starring the likes of John Wayne. Perhaps the images of war heroes on the big screen fostered the sense of unity and support for our soldiers that those of "The Greatest Generation" displayed. Maybe we need some films about our current conflict to remind our nation that there are Dads, Moms, Sons, and Daughters sacrificing the basic luxuries we take for granted not to mention the presence of their loved ones and in some cases, children whom they cannot watch grow up.
  • I recently viewed JFK, the Oliver Stone film starring Kevin Costner and an all-star cast. I had never noticed that the only things written on President Kennedy's grave marker are his name and the dates of his birth and death, separated by a hyphen. It occurred to me that I am in the process of living in the hyphen, as it were. Someday (not anytime soon I hope) there will be a marker with the dates of my birth and death, separated by a hyphen. What legacy will I leave between those two dates? Have I really made a difference in my world? I cannot help but think of all the years I have wasted in front of the TV. Here lies Todd Vick; 1967 - ?. He saw Die Hard 179 times (actual total)! Surely I can do better with my life. I turn 40 this year. That is a huge milestone, and, statistically speaking, over half of my life. If my wife and children are proud of me and that I am trying my best, I suppose I can't ask for much more.
  • I am not a rich man. I don't have a huge house. My clothes are mostly hand-me-downs. I have worn the same tennis shoes for over a year now. My truck is 10 years old, and still gets me back and forth each day. I am blessed and very wealthy though in the area of family. My wife is amazing. Everybody loves her. And my children, though not perfect, are pretty darned close to it. We have our moments here and there, as well as the growing pains of a large family, but I have a great crew of young 'uns.
  • I am also blessed with great friends. They are gold. They have been with me for a long time. They have seen me at my best and worst, and never fail to cheer me on or catch me as I fall.
  • I must confess that I have sorta dropped the ball on my New Years Resolution to lose 30 pounds by 2008. I guess I better start over. I may yet make it.
  • Since Katie Couric left the Today show, I haven't had much use for it. At the same time, I have only seen her on CBS Nightly News once.
  • I was horrified the other day at Olive Garden when I saw that Chicken Parmesan costs $12.50!
  • It really bugs me that I have over 300 channels and yet I can never find a Packer game.
  • I really, really, love my job! It is the first time in a long while that I have been able to make that claim.
  • I can draw pretty good, but I am a terrible doodler. Is that weird?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering

It was a day like any other day. I called my step dad to wish him a happy birthday, then I was off to a meeting at Shoneys. While there, I noticed all eyes were glued to the TV screens. Apparently a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. Moments later, I witnessed a second plane crash into the other tower.

In a restaurant full of strangers, we all shared a bond. We were all Americans, citizens of the greatest nation on earth, and we all felt violated. How could this happen? We were afraid. My only thought was that I needed to go and get my children out of school. Nothing else mattered. I spent the rest of the day glued to CNN, waiting for questions to be answered.

That was six years ago today. Not a day goes by that I don't cringe when I hear an airplane fly overhead. Not a day goes by when I don't wonder if it will happen again. In the 80s, we feared nuclear holocaust. Today we fear terrorism.

I will never forget the one thing that really stood out for me during the 9/11 terror. For one day, we were not black, white, oriental, republican, democrat, liberal, moderate, or conservative. We were Americans. We were unified. We believed in our country and in our system of democracy.

Today, six years later, I imagine all of those brave men and women who lost their lives, and those US soldiers who have lost their lives defending us are so proud of how far we have come since that fateful day. I'm sure it would please them to see Paris Hilton in the headlines while the soldiers defending us are ignored and possibly forgotten.

What will it take to unite this country and make it last? Another tragedy, or perhaps a simple choice to unite. I don't know. All I know is that it has been six years, and I feel more vulnerable today than I did then.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Movies I Have Finally Seen and What I Think of Them

Superman Returns was more than I ever hoped for. We have an entirely new cast, except for Brando, which was extremely cool. And the producers maintained the original soundtrack which also rocked. It is hard for me to admit this, but I have to give Kudos to Kevin Spacey over Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. Brilliant! The story showed more than just the Man of Steel's outer strength, but his inner strength as well. I love stories where the hero fights back after much adversity and then triumphs. I can relate.



The Prestige stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Hugh Jackman. I was intrigued with this film from beginning to end. Aside from the fact that I am a huge Caine fan, I love a film that reels me in (no pun intended---well maybe it was) and keeps me hanging until the very end. Bravo, two thumbs up, and I look forward to more from Bale.






X-Men: The Last Stand did nothing for me. I read this film as Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, and Famke Janssen saying, "That's it. I am not doing anymore X-Men films." After viewing The Last Stand, neither will I.