Friday Notes: June 15, 2007

Here’s a little bit of what’s going on in my world:

  • Melissa and I gave in and bought an HDTV last weekend, a Vizio 42″ model with 720p resolution.  I was suitably impressed with the combination of decent reviews and an excellent price point (from Sam’s Club).  Other than my house, it’s probably the single biggest purchase I’ve ever made.  You could actually argue that it’s the biggest, since I probably don’t even own 1% of my house right now.  The HD hookup apparently went well this morning, so I’m anxious to see it when I get home.  The DVD player and PS2 also look pretty good with the component video hookup.  Let’s just say I feel very fortunate to be able to have nice things like this.  I’ve never been particularly comfortable with making large entertainment purchases, though that has somehow never stopped me.
  • The Mission: Possible Vacation Bible School at my church went over quite well.  My Sunday School class told the story of Jehoshaphat, trying to get across the idea that all things are possible through God.  The Ringgold clan in our class was responsible for most of the planning aspects, and the men  basically took over the skit we had to perform.  I think our wives thought it was just an excuse to fight each other with plastic swords, which was partially true.  It was a lot of fun, and I think the kids enjoyed it.
  • After VBS on Tuesday night, I joined a group from church that was going to see Jars of Clay play at Chattanooga’s Riverbend festival.  They’re a little soft for my tastes, and they made the mistake of playing their better songs (“God Will Lift Up Your Head” and “Flood”) too early in the set.  Plus, they were trying to get a lot of crowd participation, and it just wasn’t working.  It wasn’t one of the better shows I’ve seen, but it was worth seeing them once.  Plus, you can’t really beat a $5 concert.
  • The Braves are awful, and I don’t want to talk about it right now.
  • The NBA Finals are over.  I’m actually glad the Spurs won, because they run a good organization.  Also, the more they win in their boring, physical way, the less people care about the NBA.  Maybe they can spark some change in the league, but I won’t count on it.
  • If anyone wants to go with me to the Dave Matthews Band/Allman Brothers Band concert in Atlanta on September 8th, I could use a traveling partner.  Melissa doesn’t think it’s worth $45, but I think that’s actually low for a DMB show.  Plus, I want to see them before Dave’s voice is completely gone.  Also, there’s always the possibility that Warren Haynes will join DMB on stage like he did at the Central Park concert a few years back.  They’ll be raising money to expand Piedmont Park, which is where the show will be.

Enjoy your weekend.  I’ll be at home watching TV, which actually sounds interesting for once.


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