July 29, 2003
This story gets better every day.

Alright, I'm doing my best to let sleeping dogs lie, but the whole BuyMusic.com story keeps getting better and better. As noted in a story from USA Today, apparently users who've purchased music from said music store are unable to burn purchased songs or transfer to portable players. Go read the article while I do my Church Lady superiority dance.

Posted by todd at 11:52 AM
July 25, 2003
Wha?!?

An addendum to my previous post on BuyMusic.com.

Appearantly, BuyMusic.com is SO afraid of Mac users, the site now blocks access to all Mac users stating that a Windows operating system and IE 5 is required to view the site. Can you say paraniod or at least blatent censorship. Not that you would want to, but if you are a Mac user and still want to log onto BuyMusic.com for laughs, just disable JAVA Script in your browser prefs. Instant de-censorship.

Whatever...

Posted by todd at 03:35 PM
July 23, 2003
Throw away all your mp3 files

index_top042803.jpgIn an attempt to solidify his place in the whacked out hall of fame, Buy.com's Scott Blum recently stated that "The iPod is the best little product I've ever seen, but it's like building the best car in the world, yet it doesn't use everyone's gas."

Excuse me? You mean to say that the rest of the world is listening to .wma files and NOT mp3s? Man, I thought everyone had .mp3s on their computers, but I guess it's just us Mac people in our arrogance who listen to those dusty antiquated files. Oh, and since the iPod has a 50% market share (PC and MAC) in portable music players and doesn't even recognize a .wma file, then at least half the world is crazy and using the wrong kind of gas?

This rant has been brought to you by the introduction of, ahem, the BuyMusic.com online music rip-off, er, I mean, store. None of the songs are transferrable to an iPod, PC or Mac. You can only play a downloaded song on the computer that downloads it. You can only burn a song to CD three times, if at all. Each song has different restrictions i.e. you can only listen to some of the purchased tunes every other Thursday while standing on your head, whistling Dixie out your, well, you know.

All I can say is please let me know if you think this is a good deal because I haven't talked to anyone who thinks this is worth it.

Posted by todd at 11:11 AM
July 19, 2003
So very happy

atdealer.jpg We finally picked up the MINI on Friday. We drove all over town, gave dozens of rides and got to know the new car. In case you were wondering, it was soooooo worth the wait. Four months and six days from order to delivery. The car literally brings a smile to your face. Wait 'till you see it, just try and hold back a smile.

Minutes after arriving home from the dealer, Tim and Annie Keel drove up to see if the car had arrived. They were lucky enough to get the first rides. We weren't a block up the street when Annie states from the back seat, "Dad, I like this car. Can our next car be one of these?"

Thursday afternoon Deanne came home and was shocked to find me cleaning out and organizing the garage. She asked me what I was doing and I replied, "getting the baby's room ready." She was amused and, I think, slightly creeped out but happy because hey, at least the garage is clean.

During a trip to Lawrence today, we stopped to get gas at an Amoco on 23rd Sreet. A lady filling up her Honda CRV kept looking at the car and finally blurted out, "That is one cute car! Is it fun?" I answered with an emphatic, "More fun than you can imagine."

meandmini.jpg Yes, it's just a car, but why not have some fun getting from point "A" to point "B". I will say this too. I'll be getting more excercise because I've turned into one of "those" people who park their cars way out in the parking lot away from the shopping carts and door dinging SUVs of the asphalt jungle.

Here's a link to a cool news video about the MINI.

As the MINI marketing says - Let's build bigger parks and smaller parking lots. Motor On!

Posted by todd at 10:09 PM
July 17, 2003
19 Hours to go...

Quick update - I'm down to waiting the final 19 hours for our new MINI. I got the call this morning that it's being detailed today and would be ready to pick up tomorrow. Luckily Deanne and I were already planning a day off together so we're going in at 10:30 AM to take final delivery. It's about stinkin' time! I'll report back over the weekend with photos and stories of our travels. I feel like I'm nine years old again and it's Christmas Eve.

Posted by todd at 02:56 PM
July 14, 2003
Woo woo!

Bubbrubb.jpgI saw this about a month ago and it still makes me laugh. Click this link for the .wmv video file and watch the clip. Then go here for more laughs.

Warning to dial up folk, the video clip is about 4 MB.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by todd at 12:06 PM
July 12, 2003
It's finally here!

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Well it's finally arrived. At the dealer anyway. This morning, Deanne and I took a trip over to the lot where the cars are unloaded and stored and there she was (I guess it's a she, what do you think?). It'll be a few more days before it can come home because the dealer has to install the window tint and, in the spirit of the original Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini of 1964 and 1965, some rally driving lights. I'll go in on Monday to finish the paperwork and hopefully by the end of the week we'll be motoring! So close but yet so far.

More shots of our future motoring companion are here.

Posted by todd at 01:22 PM
July 08, 2003
Still waiting...

wrap.jpg Just off the phone with Liz from Baron MINI. Our car is scheduled to leave NY today, so it looks like it'll be next Monday or Tuesday before we're finally motoring. I did get to choose all the customized options for the car like daytime driving lights and if I wanted to be able to roll the windows down using the remote on the key - stuff like that. I've got at least six more sleepless nights and days to wait. D'oh!

Posted by todd at 05:36 PM
July 07, 2003
Can't wait to get back

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During last night's service at Jacob's Well, I spent my final Sunday warming the bench on the D.L. Ryan did a great job filling in for the last three weeks, but I couldn't help sitting there thinking, that's my team up there and I need to get back in the game. That probably sounds kind of selfish but playing every week with the likes of Mike, Andy and Don is still a thrill even after four plus years. I've played drums for JW worship since we met in the Keel's living room and I was hammering street style on the bottom of a five gallon plastic bucket. I've been through every shift in personnel and except for one or two vocalists, nobody's been here longer than me. Because of that, I have some patriarchal feelings towards the worship team. It's been hard to sit out for three weeks but I was reminded by a gentleman sitting next to me last night, that it was a good thing. You see, during the meet and greet I introduced myself to the guy next to me. His name was Tom and he'd never been to JW before. I asked how he heard about us. He told me that awhile back he had met Ryan the drummer somewhere and got to talking about where he went to church. Ryan told Tom about JW and Tom said he promptly forgot the name of the church. A week later Tom was somewhere else and another person told him about JW and he was pretty sure it was the church he remembered talking to Ryan about so he ventured out to find it. Well, he made it and since Ryan was playing drums he knew that he was in the right place. Coincidence? Maybe, but I found it interesting how, out of 300 people, this guy ended up sitting next to me and telling me his story. I kind of saw it as God's way of telling me that it was ok I wasn't playing drums on that particular Sunday.

I'll be back on the field next week and then resting again the following week. I am blessed to know that I have back-up and that, yes, that is my team up there, but it's a team. I'm honored to be a part of it whether I'm playing or not.

Posted by todd at 12:15 PM
July 03, 2003
The wait goes on

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Everyday for the last week my neighbors on both sides have been asking me if I got my car yet. Being that they each live next door to me it kinda made me want to respond with, "Yea, it's sitting right there but it came with a cloaking device and it's turned on right now."

For the past week the first question I get from people has been - How's the thumb? immediately followed by - When's the MINI get here? So here's the update.

1.) My thumb is healing nicely and some feeling is starting to return - not necessarily a good thing because it's VERY sensitive, so I'm still not going to attempt drumming for another week.

2.) My MINI has docked in NY and is awaiting the travel to KC. I'm expecting it to arrive early next week. If Friday weren't the 4th of July, I'd expect it might be at the dealer then. Anyway, if all goes well, today will be the last Thursday I awake without a shiny red MINI Cooper S in my driveway - or garage, depending on the weather...

Posted by todd at 10:57 AM