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Bubba


I know I have been neglectful to this blog, but I do want you to know that I don’t write just to fill space…I write when I feel like I have somethng to say or just get some thoughts out…I will start with a quick weight update…286..I should be further down the path but that is for another blog.
Today I want to talk about how heavy my heart is today as I have lost a special friend. I want to talk to you about Bubba. Greg Gambill has been a friend of mine for over 20 years and he died Tuesday in his home. He leaves behind a great family and friends galore.
To know Bubba is to know a lot of TV production history, WW II history and weather. Yes those were usually the topics he would love discuss with you. All the while letting you know how much he loved each of your opinions on each topic. Course most of the time he thought your opinion was not right but he was glad to see you had an opinion. He was the guy who also had opinion on everything that was going on…even if he had no clue what was going on…he knew exactly what he knew..I know that may sound egotistical but with Bubba you knew that he knew that you knew he had NO idea what he was talking about and would crack that smile like a kid who just swiped a small piece of gum from the candy store.
You could come to the TV truck frustrated at the way the day was going and he could make you smile just to hear him yell something a bit on the blue side…well..ok it was usually a lot on the blue side…but again he would flash that smile and you would be frustrated no more…
My time with Bubba had become time few and far between since I have left the world of the full time freelancer but he was one of the ones I always couldn’t wait to see at the truck when I did make it out to the truck. He would great me with that smile and immediately want to know what was going on in my life…and we would then drift off into a discussion of WW II Pacific battles…or whatever he felt like talking about…and just being around him for a day or two here and there made me happy…
Today starts another season of baseball..a time when we look forward to a new day and new chance to start the season clean. Today though I know there will be some hearts that are looking back to a life of a man who would spread joy, happiness and bit of loving crankiness. A man who was full of life and always had a comment on everything…and wasn’t afraid to tell you…in that oh so Bubba way….
Love you Bubba always…I will miss you Bubba always…time for you to get groovin’…


Drawing The Line


So..yea..it has been a while sorry but that…trying to find my footing in he new year without that foot ending up in my mouth. If you know me then you know that is a HUGE job for me.
So as I sit here I decided it has been a while for the weight update. As of today I am at 290. Which is almost a 70 lbs. loss since the first part of October. So far so good. Man the holiday’s became a struggle unlike anything I have done before. I basically came to the goal of staying within a 10 lbs. range and I made it through that so that was a plus.
While I am excited that I made it this far for me it is a subdued excitement. In October 2009 I was blessed to be in a musical at me church and I was at 292. Up until this week it was the lowest I had been in over 10 years. Then I went a ballooned up to the 357 I started out in October. So as you can tell it has been an interesting year or so.
So now I draw a new line and we push forward to the next goal. Interestingly enough it is a short one since the next one came to my mind the other day while watching what has become called Chris’ Japan Video. This was during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and since in the story they make a comment about me being 130 kg…you do the math and that means I was at 286 lbs. So I know not a huge stretch to get there but that would turn the clock to 1996…so that is a good. Reminding myself of the ultimate goal I know I am a bit behind so if I can pull off a couple of nice weeks and get back within range life will be good.
So how are you doing so far at your New Year’s stuff? If you may have slipped it is ok…just get back at it…we fail…we are human…turn it over to God and it will work out! Well time to get groovin’..


Weight Loss…AGAIN! Part 2


Alright I don’t usually go back and read an old post but in checking yesterday’s I realized I left out a side bar…in September I had entered into a contest between several different IT, Technical Directors, Video, Audio type folks at churches around the country. This is the 6th year that this contest has been held and I thought it would motivate me to get back on the path of weight loss. In the first week I gained 9 lbs..fabulous job…the good news is that the 2nd week…no weight gain! Oh well no weight loss either but hey I had something to hold onto…
It was during that second week of the contest I had the talk with my doc and he sent me to a place that he had looked at with a fine tooth comb. See my doc is a guy who wants his patients to find something that can be life changing, and in looking for that something he found Slim 4 Life. A fellow doctor showed up at a conference and lost a dramatic amount of weight. My doc asked him if he finally did the surgery and he said nope I found Slim 4 Life. So doc said he had people on the program who had lost the weight they needed too lose on this program and he checked it out and it was medically sound. Nothing crazy and not something you can’t keep losing weight on.
Now folks I have been on A LOT of different diets..Pat Walker’s, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, cabbage soup (ugh)…cookie, Slim Fast, a protein shake and candy bar diet. I mean I don’t know if you can relate but if something came out and it said I could lose some weight…baby it was in my house by the end of the day… So honestly…going to another “diet” place…made me want to hurl…but..I went…
I went to Slim 4 Life ready to tell them no thanks…and I was ready to say forget this I will shoot for 400 lbs and prove the good old doctor wrong..I will be alive…HA! So I go expecting the same old pitch…which I did get…”this can change your life! You can be healthier! We know what we are doing!” Only problem is…I could see the results around me…one person who works there..she lost 50 lbs and believed in the program so much that she now works for the company.  In fact everybody in the place I go to has done the plan and come on staff afterwards not the oh yea I need to see how this thing works. Nope they have been there and done that.
So I did it. I decided that I would give it a shot. By the time i made it in there i had gotten up to 357 lbs…two months later…as of this morning I am at 308 lbs…yea I know not too bad..I am somewhat reserved in my excitement only because this time last year I was 295…but it works. Not does it work but I am changing my life and the way I eat. I have for the longest time eaten like “give me a bucket full of stuff cause it may all go away!” Now I know I don’t need to eat all I can cause it will still be around. Also it is amazing how better you feel when you actually get your fruits and veggies in a day. I am not going to go into the diet.  If you are interested check Slim 4 Life out. Have a been absolutely perfect? Nope just ask my pal Rusty…I ate 20 chicken wings and had a large fry at Wing Stop just last Saturday. The difference now is…I understand how to get rid of that poundage that comes afterwards.
I will be doing this diet till June according to them…mainly because we are shooting for 210. So as of today I am about 100 lbs away…I will keep you updated better since maybe I can give some people out there hope.  Cause really I had given up…I was resigned that I was going to be fat and unhealthy for the rest of my life…now I know I won’t be. So I will be praying for you and ask that you would pray for me.  Food addiction is a struggle…and I know I have that addiction…but I know I can lick it.
Oh by the way..after giving the contest a two week head start….I am now in 2nd place…two more weeks to go till it is over I will let you know how it ends…time to get groovin’.


Yes Lord…


So anyway…today is a struggle for me.  I am looking back over the summer and thinking…where did it go?  I had great plans for this summer…I was going to going to spend a lot of time with the family…I was going to clean out the out of control room which doubles as my office….I was going to dive deep into the book of Colossians so that I could start a small group this fall made up of video volunteers…what the heck happened?

Life…life got in the way…we had a real busy time around the house… seems like every week there was one kid going one way and another going the other…and then there was stuff happening all around Christ Chapel…we had over 1000 kids during our Kids Kamp…another 350 during MusiCamp….plus we are getting ready to celebrate the church’s 30th anniversary…while planning for new buildings to be built…oh and we are also starting a new Worship service.  So yea it got a little crazy.

But I have come to realize that life will get in the way…my problem is I feel like I am never ready for it to get in the way…what is more important is that I am realizing that plans that are important to me and my ego are not as important as to what God has planned…which not going to lie..can be a bit of a bummer…we want to get our things done…it is easy for us to be “I” orientated…but when God brings things to us that He wants done…we say not now Lord…but we need to quit that and say, yes Lord.

I know that it can be tough but God wants us to be ready for Him…now I am still wanting to get some of these things done…I think God is wanting me to get better organized and prioritize my life…which as a creative brain thinker is going to stink…but I am starting to see the good side of it…I just struggle with that kind of thing cause I want to be loose and let things just flow…but I guess I can’t…RATS!!! This will be a fun exercise in how does someone who has never wanted to organize anything…organize something..just one thing…that will be the baby step…

I want to say yes Lord….He is the one who brought me the life I have…His grace is so powerful  in my life…and some of my friends who read these humble writings and knew me before He grabbed a hold of me…y’all know what I am talking about…So yes Lord…whatever You need…I am sorry if I whine a bit cause my ego is hurt and my life plans don’t seem to match up with Yours…but yes Lord I am here….time to get groovin’….


A Blog About Nothing…


OK…so anyway….I am sitting at what has become my favorite place in the house…on my back porch sipping some coffee…of course this is Aledo, TX and it is 10:12 am and the temp is already 90…but I have a ceiling fan and it feels like a nice cool 88…cause it is the shade…it has been a hot summer…but it was a cool summer last year so…we are now paying for it…so quit complaining it’s hot…don’t like it just move….anyway…this one today is not about the weather…I think it maybe a blog rule to not mention the weather…but I am not a big blogger so who is going to notice…

Today from my back porch I was thinking…what should I write about since it has been a bit…I could write about the struggles I continue to have with motivation to get to the gym…in fact one of my blogs got my good friend Rusty in trouble…cause I mentioned that I was renewed and going back to the gym…well I did…but I haven’t been back since…so Rusty got in trouble and well…my fault…next time we go on a road trip…I will buy him some beef jerky and all will be forgiven….anyway… I have to realize that you may not even care that I am human and struggling with my weight…and how I just need to work through my ineptness and just keep praying the God would get my butt in the gym…so that is no good…

I could write something about what is going on at Christ Chapel…my workplace…which by the way is a lot…we have a lot going on…and those of us behind the scenes are working our tails off and God is in all of it…and well since He is in all of it…it is going to work out…so why do we worker bees get worked up??  Cause we are human…and being human means we need to get worked up…the other reason to not write about CCBC??  Makes it feel like a commercial…and you didn’t come here for a commercial about a good church…not a perfect church as Ted likes to say…but a good church…so that subject is out…

I could become real political and write about the state of the country….ah….nope….too easy…next.

Let’s see….maybe I could tell you what God is doing in my life…it would be a long list…but…I would have to put in how I am getting in the way more than I should and how I should just stand back and let Him lead…but my human nature again is wanting Him to hurry up and get to the things that are important to me…not Him…plus…I am most likely the only person this happens too…so I guess all I can say is Father God…thanks for grace…again..

I know I could write how freaked out I am about having a Middle Schooler…how inept I feel at being a dad…especially when I see the teenager creeping into my 12 year old…and how I don’t have a clue how to do this…and how I am panicked about how I am going to do this and then add another one in 2 years….and how she is way too much like me and I am in big trouble…but again…I need to give that over to God…funny how it keeps coming back to Him…

Well…the coffee has run out…and it is feeling like the temp is around 90….and I used the word inept twice…and we are going to go to the museum and air conditioning…cause man…it’s hot…time to get groovin’…


Keep Swimming….Keep Swimming….


So anyway…summer is here….and yea…for us all…we made it through another school year.

This has been a strange year for me since for the first time in about ten years…I was not going to classes.  Yep that is right…the old 41 year old guy actually didn’t have a degree up until this time last year when I graduated from UTA with a Broadcast Management degree.  Why??  Why did I take so long to get a degree in  something that I basically grew up doing??  Well I have told folks that I built a career instead of wasting time in school…when in seriousness…I didn’t think I could hack it.  My friends from my school days in Odessa who read this will know that school to me was like…uh…not the highest priority in my life. I’m not even sure it would have made the top ten..  I just was not the school type….Class comedian yes…class scholar no way not even on my best day….

I had tried after high school to give it the old college try…there was a brief attempt to do college the right way by leaving the house and going off to what was at the time WTSU.  I had a music scholarship…and had a great room mate…it was AWESOME..I had the time of my life…and my 1.7 GPA showed it….oh by the way that scholarship…I had to have a 2.0 to keep it…so I bailed and said I will get back to it…started working at a TV station and here we go…started junior college the next fall….got fired from said job…so I bailed on school again when I got an offer to move back to Odessa and take a Commercial producer position at a TV station came up…said OK next time I will do it…oh my poor mother…I probably took a few years off of her life doing this mess….oh by the way…I quit the TV job to be a DJ in a bar…brilliant move…school wasn’t even in the plans then…I finally moved to the DFW area chasing after the woman who would eventually become my bride….we married a month after she got her degree in accounting…so…at least somebody did it in a timely fashion….

So what finally got me back??? What was the thing that pushed me over to start back and get serious??  I wanted to show I could do it…to myself…I had to…I am not real good at finishing stuff once I begin a project…I mean I started to build a french drain at my house one spring…two years later…I finally filled in the HUGE ditch in my front lawn….nice bit a work that was…so I had to actually make a go to prove to myself I could start something and finish.

How did I do it??  I don’t really know…I was freelancing when I started back the final time…then took a staff job at Fox Sports Net….and finally finished up last May after I was working at Christ Chapel…so there were times when I was working 50-60 hrs a week and going to school during the day…so it really is all a blur…I just did it….kept me head down and like Dory in Finding Nemo says…”keep swimming…keep swimming…keep swimming”

I am not going to lie…it was hard to get back into the swing of things…my brain didn’t play nice at first when I started telling it to take in the info and spit it out again…it reminded me it was not good at it…but I worked through it…I made it through all the basics…even taking four semesters of Spanish…of course there was the tough class…math…I say math…cause I tried several versions and none of them where great…I lost count how many attempts there were at a math class..Algebra…at least 4 times…I tried a class called fundamentals of math…thinking this will be great just a little overview whew finally……nope it included Algebra…Trig…Geometry…all of those words are four letter words in my book…but I made it finally…and then crossing the stage was very cool…..

So why am I telling you all this???  In the words of Tevye when he says, “why do we do this….I will tell you….I don’t know…..”

No I guess I want to put out there that if you just graduated from high school and you aren’t quite sure where you are heading….or if you are a mom and dad and your child is flailing a bit in life at college…or if you are one of the older folks out there and you think I can’t do the college thing…..

Look kiddo you  can make it even if you don’t make it the first go around…or the second…or the sixth or seventh…you will make it….

Mom and dad….they will make it…just give them some room and let them breathe a bit…they will finally grow…and get it….then they will thank you for your patience….

Also you can get back in the classroom…even if it has been 10…20…30…years since you have been there…you can make it…yes it will be a bit harder for you cause those cobwebs make things sketchy at best…but keep at it..it will be worth the time and struggles….it will be a great feeling walking that stage and getting that empty folder that will one day hold the big piece of paper you get in the mail later…..

You just keep at it…”keep swimming…keep swimming…keep swimming”

Well time to get groovin’…


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