Obscure Artist Find of the Week

I was in need of something fresh, my iTunes library had grown tired.
Enter a gift from Awarestore.com.

Awarestore.com is a website that pumps the heck out of a mix of signed and unsigned artists.

Front and center on their homepage was Tim Blane.

After listening to his entire album on iTunes and downloading every track I took a deep breath.

Refreshing…

http://www.timblane.com/

Enjoy!

The Most Fuel Efficient V8

After seeing this on more than one occasion, truck manufacturers have made it on the blog.

Ford or GM or Toyota or Mazda or whoever is touting that their truck is the “most fuel efficient V8 in its class.”

Maybe I’m alone on this, but I never associated V8 engines with fuel efficiency. What I have associated them with is their owners.

The “never use the bed to haul anything, pavement loving, dirt hating, global consumption skyrocketing” truck owners who care more about their convenience than anyone else around them. Before you turn away in disgust, I think trucks serve a purpose…IF. If you are a contractor, own your own company, or use the back of your truck to haul something business related, 5 days a week, you should have a truck. You use it for what it was intended for.

If however, you own one of these monstrous wastes of money, natural resources and parking only to be able to put a semi-transparent, American flag/eagle mural on your back window, the federal government should fine you. A) Because you’re not using the vehicle as it was intended. B) Because you and your buddies are contributing to the highest gas prices ever and C) Because the only thing tackier than those American flag/eagle murals are the magnetic ribbons that adorn your tailgate.

(Tucks soapbox away)

My original point being…V8’s are not fuel efficient.
Coming to an ad campaign near you…HUMMER H3 – The most fuel efficient vehicle in it’s class.

Online with Relevant Magazine!

Well,
I guess Relevent Magazine liked my story! They accepted an article I submitted to them and published it on their new online version of their magazine.

Relevant is a leading edge, Christian magazine published six times a year covering God, life and culture.

I didn’t think they were going to run it, but tremendously thankful for the opportunity!
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/
(Click on the article titled “Two Weeks’ Notice”)
or if you can’t see it, visit the story directly
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life_article.php?id=5300

Enjoy…feedback welcome!

Two Weeks Notice

After hearing back from Relevant Magazine about my article submission, then not hearing back the second time around, I’ve decided to post my article here. If Relevent does pick it up, I’ll let you know. Enjoy! Feedback welcome.

By Danny Burns

I had to do it. I analyzed, thought out numerous possibilities and arrived at a place of complete desperation. Facing a dwindling bank account and increasing college debt, I swallowed every ounce of pride and did it.

I took a job at Wal-Mart.

Now I know millions of people are employed at Wal-Marts throughout the country and enjoy what they do; big high-five for Sam Walton. But inevitably, all of us have had jobs we just don’t like. For me, it was during my senior year of college when I became a Wal-Mart cashier. Strapped for cash in a quaint college town, I “took one for the team,” donned the blue vest and plastered on a smile.

Whatever the reason, and there are many, my time at Wal-Mart still stands as the shortest employment I’ve had with a company. I knew I was in trouble when the over-riding theme of my days was figuring out how I could get out of work. I’d do anything to abandon my register.

I thought about “accidentally” dropping a palette on my feet or having a Huffy 10-speed fall on me from high atop the bike rack. I even thought about throwing myself in front of a line of moving carts. All of these thoughts, with the exception of the Huffy, were quickly dismissed. I’m a sissy.

After a few paychecks and 316 different possible ways to get out of work, I came up with a permanent solution. I handed in my two weeks notice, signed a few papers and never had to tend to a Wal-Mart register again.

This long forgotten memory resurfaced during a recent evening discussion with friends. The talk was about current events and currently the events can be a bit overwhelming. Natural disasters, terrorism, plane crashes, crime, political uprising, a questionable economy, and gas prices add to the mess. Some of my friends were discontent with the country, the government and the church. Needless to say I was a bit jaded as I walked to my car.

So how does a discussion about the world’s chaos have anything to do with the job I was always trying to get out of? Unlike myself and countless other slackers who try desperately to dump their responsibilities, God never abandons His post. He never calls in sick, never tries to come up with ways to get out of work; He loves His work because it’s His.

In Hebrews 13:5 it’s written that God says He will never leave us or forsake us. If we struggle to believe that verse then we should take a look at Romans 4:20 for the payoff. “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

Flip on your local news, read a newspaper or browse the net and you’ll find a hundred other reasons not to believe God has the capability to do what He promises. It’s our nature to doubt, worry and fear. We look around at the events that unfold and we say “How can our God be here in the midst of all this?” But through the death and the destruction God teaches us. Our trials eventually lead to more peace and understanding about who God is and who He desires us to become. (Hebrews 12)

As we stand in the “checkout lane” of life, we throw all sorts of garbage on His register. No matter the struggles or the failures He remains willing and ready to get us through. For my sake and for our sake, I’m tremendously thankful God isn’t going to ever give us His “two weeks.”

Should My Cable Stay or Go?

Well, after much thought, I’ve considered getting rid of my cable TV and keep only local channels. Aside from saving me $50 a month, it would force me to read more, be more active, get more stuff done and manage my time better.

Still don’t know if I can give up my Discovery Channel, History Channel, TLC (yeah, I watch all the design shows), USA, TBS, TNT, FX and a few others.

Not that anyone reads this, but what do you think?
Keep the cable or cut it?