A New Day, A New Blog: An Idol Heart

25 03 2010

AnIdolHeart.com

I have started blogging again, but have changed addresses.  I am now blogging at AnIdolHeart.com.  There has been, and continues to be, a lot of life change for me, and this new blog is where I will be talking a lot about it.  There will be no more updates to The Gideon Chronicles, so please join me at AnIdolHeart.com.

If you had previously bookmarked or listed me in your blog roll, would you please be so kind to update the listing to AnIdolHeart.com?  Thanks!

See you soon!





is jay-z a biter and a writer?

2 09 2009

jay-z has a famous line from his song “what more can i say” that goes “i’m not a biter / i’m a writer / for myself and others…”  interestingly enough, i just saw the album cover for the jigga man’s long-awaited and must hyped new release “the blueprint 3” and couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps he is a both a writer and a biter.

exhibit a: jay-z “blueprint 3” cover (2009)

Blueprint_3

exhibit b: delirious?’ “kingdom of comfort” cover (2008)

delirious

i’m not exactly saying he bit it… but i’m saying it’s awfully similar.  it’s not a dead ringer, but i’m just sayin…

what do you think?





the rose

19 06 2009

this is so powerful.





megachurch commentary

12 06 2009

i love this commentary from king of the hill from the episode where the hills are trying to find a new church.

peggy: “maybe we should try the new megachuch.”

hank: “i don’t want to change churches.  besides, that place is too big.  what’s it got, 5000 some-odd members…”

peggy: “…and it pampers all of them!  they have their very own coffee shop, florist, mini-mart, bike and a dry cleaner that accepts all competitors coupons!”

hank: “if i wanted to go that route i could just walk around the mall and think about Jesus.”

wow.





changes

25 04 2009

season changes

my life changes

memory changes

my love changes

system changes

my world changes

Jesus, Jesus… never changes

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the return of the camera phone bandit

27 03 2009

alright folks, after being without one for the past 18 months, i know finally have a camera phone once again!  in other words… it’s on!

having a palm treo with a camera for years was something that brought me and many friends much joy as i was able to document some of the crazy randomness that i tend to encounter with surprising regularity.  in september ’07 i upgraded from a treo 750 to a blackberry 8830 world edition which came in extremely handy in all my international travel throughout the following year, but did not have a camera.  well, today i put an end to that when i switched to a shiny new blackberry curve, complete with  camera!

here is a small sample of some of my camera phone goodies from over the years…

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Front a center at a private event in DC where Beyonce gave a surprise performance

At an instore with Kirk in Atlanta (Oct 05), we "experienced" this crazy lady who claimed to have written all of his songs, and MaryMary's, and Kierra Sheard's... priceless!

At an instore with Kirk in Atlanta (Oct 05), we "experienced" this crazy lady who claimed to have written all of his songs, and MaryMary's, and Kierra Sheard's... priceless!

On the Hero Tour (Spring '06), I think we were in Mississippi... this McDonalds employee was getting drssed for work in the parking lot right by the front door.

On the Hero Tour (Spring '06), I think we were in Mississippi... this McDonalds employee was getting dressed for work in the parking lot right by the front door.

Not surprisingly, at the same McDonalds as mentioned above, saw this dude who was rocking TWO different plaids... and you know he thought he was killin it, right?

Not surprisingly, at the same McDonalds as mentioned above, saw this dude who was rocking TWO different plaids... and you know he thought he was killin it, right?

During a hurricane-produced gas shortage in Dallas in 2005, one local station had apparently run out of "regural". Classy.

During a hurricane-produced gas shortage in Dallas in 2005, one local station had apparently run out of "regural". Classy.

I know what they meant to say, but "remodelation"?

I know what they meant to say, but "remodelation"?

King's Palace in Joplin, Missouri... the only Chinese buffet I have seen with mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti and smoked sausage.

King's Palace in Joplin, Missouri... the only Chinese buffet I have seen with mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti and smoked sausage.

and my personal favorite... "special gift for special people"... a figurine of a small african-american child sitting on a toilet, pants down, putting on her shoes... for the person who has everything.

and my personal favorite... "special gift for special people"... a figurine of a small african-american child sitting on a toilet, pants down, putting on her shoes... for the person who has everything.

the camera phone bandit is back… this will be your only warning… i’m just saying…  🙂





partner let me upgrade u

18 01 2009

a wonderful thing happened today. here’s the backstory…

november ’06… in my first black friday experience, i joined about 400 people and stood in line outside best buy in north dallas from 1am until they opened at 5am in a bid to get some killer deals at one of my favorite stores.  among the many bargains i scored was a westinghouse 42″ 720p lcd hd tv for just $999.  at the time, that was a huge deal, and i have enjoyed my nice big tv ever since.

fast forward to a few weeks ago and i was having a few minor issues with the tv that weren’t horrible, but somewhat of on inconvenience.  when i bought the tv, i payed $129 for their 4 year service and replacement plan, so i called best buy customer care to report the issue and ask about a repair.  they sent a tech to my house to inspect the tv, after which he said he would order a new main control board which should fix the problem.

well, this morning i got a call from best buy support informing me the part they were ordering was no longer available, so they would like to just replace the entire tv!!!!  wow!!!  talk about customer service!

i took the tv in tonight and they let me pick out what i wanted as a replacement and well, i made out like a freaking bandit!  in exchange for my 26 month old tv that i returned, i left best buy with a brand new lg 42″ 1080p (full hd) flat panel lcd hdtv!  score!!  the picture is incredible, and coupled with my blu-ray player, this thing is ridiculous!  talk about an upgrade!

i know the repair and protection plans get a bad wrap from a lot of people, and a lot of folks think they are a waste of money, but i’ll tell you what… i’m a believer!  and i’m also a very happy and satisfied best buy customer.

i love great customer service.  do you have any good (or bad) customer service stories?