Saturday, December 30, 2006

Second Quarter of Super Bowl XXII

...simply known as the quarter.
Darrell Green

I wish #28 would come out of retirement. Watching this video just transports me back to the glory days, and when he comes out of nowhere at a full sprint to take Dorsett down it makes me want to cry a little.
The Play

Here's to happier days.

Snow on Highway 243

This past Wednesday we had three groups coming up to the camp from the Cerritos area. Due to unfortunate timing all three groups started up the mountain during a freak Snow Storm and got stuck about five miles from camp. I spent the better part of the evening driving back and forth in our Explorer (which has four wheel drive) to rescue the campers and their gear. Nobody out here has winter tires and the road crews don't respond with as much vigor and experience. Plus the motorists aren't snow savvy. In all we got about 4-6 inches in an hour.The storm lacked the endurance of one from the northeast, but it was a pretty furious hour.


Tonight's game against the NY Giants marks the last Redskins game of 2006. Ughhh! Just a nauseating season! I am glad though that the Giant's playoff hopes are riding on this game. I'm glad there is some reason to be passionate about it. The skinz have a chance to play the spoiler... after all misery loves company. Here's to hoping that 2007 will pan out differently, and that I will enjoy Rotel and chips well into 2008.

"It's been a long December
And there's reason to believe
That maybe this year
Will be better than the last."
Counting Crows



Friday, December 29, 2006


This will be a recurring post on the Wing and Wave. You will be presented with two locations or establishments and you have to choose which one you would select to find your future spouse at- as though you can only select your spouse from the folks who visit that location.

Todays options are:

Barnes & Noble


The Public Library

Thursday, December 28, 2006


It snowed yesterday, and today I went for a walk on Camp Maranatha's new nature trail, which meanders from the A-frame past Dead Man's Cave and then down to Bear Creek. We plan to extend it up onto the western ridge beyond the gully this summer.

I love the snow and cold temperatures. It reminds me of the 802. Sarah dislikes these things for the same reason.

A full moon shines
Through shivering pines
Casting a steady glow
On me as I talk
With her and walk
Through shadow-dappled snow.

The woods at night
Are black and white,
And strangely silent as though
They're not quite sure
Of me and her-
Are we friend or are we foe?
Everclear: Everything to Everyone

Oh, I love this song!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


They were powerful words and spoken well
Properly weighted as they fell
Through funnel ears and down the spout
Flowing, crashing, swirling about-
Stirring up the sediment sin
Layered deep over the years within
And, oh, that rising flood of grace
Overflowed as tears upon my face
And through the sobs He heard me say
Please, oh Lord, wash these sins away!

Saturday, December 23, 2006


This morning as I was pan frying some sausages for breakfast Bowden came running in and proudly announced "Daddy...Daddy...I dressed myself... all by myself." I glanced down and observed that he was wearing a pair of swimming trunks and nothing else. I glanced out the window at the snow on the ground, and then back atBowden. "Good job Bowden... give me five!" Then I picked him up and asked "So, what are you gonna do today?" and he answered "Collect my dreams."

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Jack Benny

When we were boys my Dad would buy us tapes of old time radio programs. Jack Benny was always my favorite.
Jack Benny

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

SoCal Trip

Why did he have to swear? Ruined the whole thing.


I thought I should post something for my adoring public (shades of Job coming through?), but I have been a little busy, and will continue to be for some time. So posts may be a little few and far between.

I had a pretty sweet vacation back east. Seeing the Liberty bell and Independence hall was nearly a religious experience for me, and of course being back in the 802 was outstanding ass well. I will make no effort to exhaustively document my travels here on this blog. That strikes me as a lot of hard work and also boring for you- my adoring public.


In the game "Settlers of Catan", when playing with the expansion pack, is it ever possible for a player to win the game in advance of his/her turn during the "special build" portion of the game or must he/she wait for her turn to declare victory even if he/she has accumulated the necessary number of points during the aforementined "special build"?

I will be sending this query to the makers of the game and will keep you posted with regards to their response.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Road Not Taken

This struck me as so funny. I can't really explain why though.
Wonder Woman intro

When did TV stop being this cool? I wanna know.
CHiPs intro

So cool!


I prefer the taste of H2O from a rusty seldom-used water fountain to regular water.

Those who surround themselves with like minded friends are not skilled communicators.

A pebble in your shoe is like a suspicion in your mind. You gotta shake it out into the open.


Early tomorrow the family and I are driving up to the valley for Thanksgiving. Then the next day we fly to Vermont for a couple of days before driving to Philadelphia on Monday for the CCCA conference. We will be in Philadelphia for 3 nights and then we'll make our return to Vermont where we will stay until the 12th.

If I have access to a computer I may try to make a post, but this could be the last post until the 13th.

Don't cry!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Houghton Wars 2 Trailer
Unsolved Mysteries- Bigfoot

My guess is that sometime in the next ten years Sasquatch will be discovered. No doubt by someone who is man enough to shoot it... like me.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


American Idol's Simon and the iconic Paula Abdul


If you could only use one denomination of U.S. currency for the rest of your life, and every purchase had to be made with that denomination of currency (no checks, bank cards, etc...), which denomination would you choose?

You could always redeposit any change back into the bank, but you couldn't use it to make a purchase.


I have always thought that if an airline wanted to promote itself by improving their coach section they should have a commercial where a baseball team travels on their airline and in a montage format they sing that song;

"Put me in coach
I'm ready to play
Look at me
I can be

They would have to change the last lines to be more airplane relevant. As they sang they would be stowing muddied cleats and large duffel bags under the seats in front of them, stretching their legs, playing catch in the spacious aisles, you know... stuff like that.

Maybe it would go something like this:

Put me in coach
Take me away
Look at me
I can be
Something something...

You get the idea. Job, maybe as your last hurrah at Continental you can send this idea up the corporate ladder.


Panic is a sudden and/or overwhelming terror that destroys a person's capacity for self-help.

The Academy forced us to memorize the definitions to lots of words and terms like that, which we were expected to recite verbatim at any given time. The punishment for not knowing the right definition was prolonged physical exercise, or as they called it- remedial training.

That is why I will always know that "attention to detail" means "the close and careful processing of information obtained verbally or visually."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


" Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them." Psalm 139:16



My pretty little
Itty little
Bitty little

I love my little spoon!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Since sarah and I moved to California we have been saving every single piece of money that we find in a big pickle jar. It has become second nature to walk through parking lots with our eyes on the ground, and our fingers involuntarily snake in and out of coin returns as we pass. (Money we find in our own house doesn't count... obviously.)

Yesterday I added it all up and found that we had $198.70. Just $1.30 away from the two-hundred dollar mark. That's a whole lot of pennies and bending over.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Congratulations to Heath Shuler!

I would like to reach across the aisle and congratulate a conservative pro-life democrat, Heath Shuler, on his election to the congress. Really it is just good to see a Redskin win. I wish you could have pulled out a victory like this back in the day.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Idiot Boyfriend Music Video

I know I've been a little youtube crazy recently. Forgive me this indulgence.
Shaka Zulu

This is possibly the greatest 2 minutes ever of television. Shaka Zulu, as portrayed in this mini-series, is kind of what i think it would be like if Terrell Owens was allowed to rule a people. I love me some me!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Zebda - Tomber la chemise


This is a picture of a desperate caged animal.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Liberal gadfly, rabble-rouser, and film maker- Michael Moore.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Dear Summer Staff 2006,

Something that has always fascinated me are the lives of the early explorers. Down through the years I have bought and read numerous books that describe the life and adventures of explorers like Leif Ericsson, Samuel De Champlain, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Captain Cook, Columbus, Lewis & Clark, etc… Those guys fascinate me. I like to think about those fragile men facing nature’s worst and uncertain treatment at the hands of natives. I am also captivated by descriptions of the untouched lands they found, the adventures they had, the sacrifices they endured, and the way that they helped shape the world as we know it. As a boy, I used to fantasize and daydream about what it would have been like to accompany them on their adventures, and it wasn’t until relatively recently that I realized I was standing on the cusp of an adventure myself.
It sounds trite to say, but our walk with Christ is intended to be a fun and exciting adventure. IT REALLY IS! As I grew up, I didn’t think of my faith as an exciting thing. I had it too wrapped up in obligatory church attendance and what I perceived as boring patterns established by my parents. What seemed exciting to me was not pleasing to God, and so, in my heart of hearts, I fostered a secret resentment of God and the restraints that he put on me. He delivered me from that false understanding of things, and has given me an excitement that can only come from pulling anchor in the old world of who you were and what you were doing and setting sail for the new world of who God wants you to be and what he wants you to do.
There is nothing more exciting this side of eternity than the Lord’s will for our lives. It is like the fuzzy outlines of an undiscovered continent barely visible on the wave- tossed horizon. I tingle with excitement at the thought of my boots marring the surface of that virgin shore. I think of all the interesting people I will meet, the gifts I will discover, the adventures I will have, the untouched territory that I will claim for Christ, and I grow more and more excited.
Yet still, it is natural to be a little frightened by the prospect too. Just like with those early explorers there will be hardship and resistance. We are still fragile men and women facing the worst that man and nature can throw at us, but we find both confidence and joy when we find ourselves in that trench with Christ. In John 16:33 Christ says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
So be excited, and don’t ever let Sunday Morning become the sum total of your walk because that is really just admiring and celebrating explorers without becoming one yourself. So, remember now your creator in the days of your youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1) and get excited! Live with an eternal perspective. Pursue the adventure of the Lord’s will. Revel in it! I pray that God would give you an irresistible bursting desire to follow Him, an excitement about the same, and that he would open your eyes to the exciting places, people and times around you.


Your Brother in Christ, Josh Tate

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


This weekend, October 27-29, we will have approximately 200 campers here at Camp Maranatha, and many our regular kitchen workers will not be available to help. So, if you are interested in volunteering in the the camp's kitchen this weekend please give us a call. We would surely appreciate it!


Monday, October 23, 2006


Sometimes you're better off dead
There's a gun in your hand
and it's pointing to your head.
You think you're mad
that you're unstable.
Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
In a restaurant in a West End town.
Call the policethere's a mad man around
Running down underground
to a dive bar in a West End town.
In a West End town a dead end world -
The East End boys and West End girls -
In a West End town a dead end world -
The East End boys and West End girls -
West End girls - West End girls.
Too many shadows
whispering voices
Faces on posters
too many choices.
If - when - why - what
how much have you got?
Have you got it
do you get it?
If so how often?
Which did you choose
the hard or soft option?
Which did you choose
which did you choose.
In a West End town ...
You got a heart of glass
Or a heart of stone
Just you wait 'till get you home.
I've got no future
we've got no past
Here today
built to last
in every city and every nation
From Lake Geneva to the Finland station.
How far have you been
How much have you seen
In a West End town ...
In a West End Town in a dead end world
west End girls

East or Lambein?

Runaway bride and false reporter of crimes- Ms. Wilbank.


Career skinny man and spokesperson for the Subway corporation- Jared Fogle.

Sunday, October 22, 2006


"Once there was this girl who
Never went to change with the other
Girls in the change room
And when they finally made her
She had birthmarks all over her body.
She couldn't quite explain it,
They'd always just been there."

Crash Test Dummies


I think that with the schedule they pulled, and the way they have struggled early this season, I am not premature in declaring this turkey cooked. I am not without hope though. I think that this will allow them to truly loosen up and experiment a little. With all of the new personnel, and a new offensive system we need to look at this season as an opportunity to get our act together before a break out year in 2007. I had hoped that this year would be a break out year, but, clearly, it is not to be.
I think that as the season goes on we will see Jason Campbell carry some of the weight in the quarterback position. Not because Brunell is hurting the team, but because we have to see what he's got if he's gonna be the man next season.
I anticipate the team will loosen up and start having fun as the chances of making the playoffs fade away. Hopefully this will help galvanize and steady a team struggling to find its identity.

2007 will be a very different story. I just hope they can keep their core group of guys together, and I hope Gibbs doesn't retire or get fired.

I don't want to sound like I am hedging my bets, 'cause I really do think the Skins have everything it takes to go all the way this season, but the schedule this season is just brutal. Including the Colts, who we play today, 8 of our remaining nine opponents have winning records. I just don't see a weekend for the remainder of the season where we can kind of catch our breath with an easy win. This season is going to be a tough slog. This may be a building year, which will serve to harden and galvanize the skinz in preparation for a breakout year in 2007.

Having said that, I think if they find an identity and put together a string of victories the skinz possess all of the necessary elements to go the super bowl. Yeah, I said it- the super bowl!


If you had to live out the rest of your days inside a video game world, which video game would you choose to live in?


"Once there was this kid who got into an accident
And couldn't come to school
And when he finally came back
His hair had turned from black into bright white.
He said it was from when
The cars had crashed so hard."

Crash Test Dummies

Saturday, October 21, 2006


The other night in his story box, Bowden found a note from the Widjiwats, which read;

"For a Halloween Treat
That's really neat
Just take a peak
In the window seat."

Bowden excitedly scurried out of bed and opened the window seat and discovered his very own pumpkin, which I had purchased earlier in the day at Fairway Market. Bowden is a firm believer in Widjiwats, and was glad that they hadn't forgotten to put something in the story box.

A few days later he and I carved it into a Jack-o-lantern. Big fun! The following pictures are out of order, but I trust that they will suffice to convey some of the excitement.

Friday, October 20, 2006


Captain of the federation starship Enterprise, and ,surprisingly not a pacificist, Captain Jean Luc Picard.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


The whole season rides on this weekend's game against the Colts.

With a victory hope remains alive.

With a defeat we go back underground until next season.

I believe we can win though.

So says Josh Tate
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

"Oh, Shame and Pride are twins,
And Mother Selfish grins
To see her boys at play
Inside my heart today."

Jarudet the Widjiwat

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


I feel the need to apologize for my recent expressions of despair and and hopelessness regarding the Redskins' chances this season. I think there is still hope, and the turnaround begins this week against the 5-0 Colts.

First- the Skins have got be a little hungry for redemption after last weekend.

Second- the Colts will, understandably, not take the Skins seriously.

Thirdly- I feel it in my gut. The skins will win by a touchdown this Sunday.

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the warpath
Fight for Old D.C.!

Monday, October 16, 2006


Jedi Knights, followers of Christ, and residents of the Tempe area Chad and Tricia Irving.


Pecuniary Pseudotruth- Something stated as if it were true, but which is not intended to be believed.
When the bulk of a thing is left unsaid
And questions are not entertained
Then speculation reigns instead
Until truth is discovered or explained.

It is better to face a monster that is seen and understood
Than one that's left a’lurking in the mind’s darkened wood.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


I am going underground... deep underground! I can't wait for the start of the 2007/2008 season because, for me, this season is over. How do you lose to the Titans at home? Just depressing!

I mean... have you looked at the schedule for the rest of the season. It doesn't get any easier from here. Next week we play at the Colts and after that we have round two vs. the Cowboys. Even if we somehow miraculously won both of those games we would find ourselves back at 500 while the rest of the NFC East has left us far behind. With a schedule like this you can't let these games slip away from you. The titans! C'mon the Titans? Really? If I hadn't seen the score on NFL Total Access myself I wouldn't believe it!

This season is over. I'm going underground!



Today has dawned a beautiful fall day here in Idyllwild. The air is damp and cool, and the trees are still bejeweled from yesterday's drizzle. That's right! It drizzled in Idyllwild! It never does that here. It either rains big fat buckets or it's bone dry, but yesterday it was a very fine rain, just a little stiffer than mist, that fell on the San jacinto Mountains. The woods were foggy, the mountains obscured by clouds, and smoke was curling out of chimneys- almost like the 802. We even started a fire in our fire place, and as I was walking up to my house the smell of the wood smoke was mingling with the damp aromatic fall air and the product made me almost weak in the knees with appreciation for the world our Lord created.

I have begun a new bedtime tradition with Bowden called "the story box." Years and years ago my Grandma McCuen gave me an ornately carved wooden cigar box. Every night when I go up to put Bowden to bed I bring the story box with me. I put an interesting item inside and after we read a story, but before we pray, I open the box and we discover the item that's inside. Than we spend a few minutes talking about the object. Sometimes it is a picture of a place or person. Sometimes it is a toy from my childhood or a letter that we recieved in the mail. Anything you can think of that would be interesting to a 3 year old. Last night I put paper money from around the world and a pocket World Atlas in the story box. Bowden really enjoyed looking at the money. He liked all the different pictures, animals and colors too. But when I tried to look up each country in the atlas, and tell him about the far away places, it betrayed that his 3 year old mind has not yet grasped the concept of a country yet. The following is a bit of dialogue from my futile attempts to illuminate his little mind on the concept:

Me: This money is from countries all around the world. Do you know what a country is?

Bowden: Yeah.

Me: What is it?

Bowden: It's a place where cars drive and Dinosaurs help people.

Me: Oh. Um... Do you you know what country you live in?

Bowden: Yeah... Vermont.

Me: No, silly that's where Grandma and Grandpa Tate live. (We've been talking a lot about Vermont recently because we will be going there in November, and he's excited about that.) Your country is called America. Can you say America?

Bowden: Why is it called that?

Me: Because of an Italian map maker named Amerigo Vespucci. Can you say "I am an American?"

Bowden: I am Amerigo.

Me: (pointing to the United States on a map in the aforementioned Atlas) See... this is America.

Bowden: Which one?

Me: The pink one.

Bowden: Oh... dath funny! Why don't they call it Pinky-winky? Pinky-winky!

Me: Cany you point to where you live on this map?

Bowden: (pointing in the general direction of Russia) Way up here in Idowild.

Me: (directing him back to the United States) No, you live down here.

Bowden: Oh, yeah! In Pinky-Winky!

Saturday, October 14, 2006


I have always thought, and have often commented, that Spatula sounds like the name of a citizen of ancient Rome. Maybe a Caesar or possibly a commander of his legions. If I was taken back in time to Roman days, a la Bill and Ted's excellent adventure, I would definitely introduce myself as Spatula. Other good names would be any word ending in "ous" (example- insidious, rediculous, populous, preposterous, etc...).

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Shepherdess, warrior saint, heretic, possibly a witch, troubled youth Joan of Arc