Can8ianben's Blog

This is a blog about me. I'm sure it will at some point talk about the things that I love... that being, my wife Meredith, family, friends, EMU, the Jays and baseball, the Maple Leafs, music, art, TV, biking, and whatever else is going on in my mind.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.

Republicans, bicycles, and sarcasm do not mix.

Friday, January 25, 2008

hockey, only different....

check out this story, it's pretty insane.


Monday, January 21, 2008

A "reverend" and a "revolutionist"

I've been fortunate enough to experience two very interesting speakers in the last week. While both are extremely different in many ways, they have one very important thing in common - trying to sell the idea that Americans need to slow down their consumer patterns.

Last Tuesday I traveled to Bel Air with a few friends to hear Shane Claiborne speak. He has become relatively notable for his book, "The Irresistible Revolution". Dave Stutzman has a fabulous account of the entire strange night posted on his blog. It was wonderful to hear Shane speak yet surreal to be in such a wealthy and upper class location.

Tonight Meredith and I went to see Reverend Billy of the church of Stop Shopping. We recently saw a screening of his movie, "What would Jesus buy?" and were excited to see him in action. Much like the Claiborne event, it was an interesting experience. We were situated in the basement of a church hearing this over-the-top man give a powerful message about peace and consumerism. Rev. Billy was in town to be the grand marshal of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade and it was interesting to get his take on that crazy event. He said it was one of the most democratic events he had ever been a part of.

I'd love to write more about both of these events, but they are still soaking in. Send me a personal note if you want to push me on these a little more.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Funny guy. Scott Rolen is a funny guy.

Okay, I know there is a ton of time left before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, but I'm getting excited. Most of this excitement is due to the fact that Scott Rolen had an incredibly funny press conference yesterday and seems like he's ready to prove he's not a club house cancer and his career isn't on the downside.

Interesting note that the Cardinals left side of their World Series infield is now reunited in Toronto.

Interesting note number two is that I get to cheer for a former Philadelphia Phillie. Is it just me or has that rarely been the case in Toronto? I can't even recall the last player who played for both teams in his career.

Goals for the 2008 season include - getting to a handful of ballparks I've never been to, going to at least one and hopefully 5 different California League games, attending the Dodgers/BoSox exhibition game in the LA Colosseum, seeing the Blue Jays make the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

American Gladiators plus Fuller Seminary equals...

ANDY KONIGSMARK. If you watched tonight's show, you saw him dominate the eliminator. Gotta love it when you go to school with an obscure tv athlete. Good luck Andy as you continue on your quest.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Vision of Students Today

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Grand:PM - Party In Your Basement