Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life Sometimes ...

Life sometimes feels like it gets in the way of itself.

My wife and I have been moved in to our new home for just about a month, we’ve been planning a “house warming” party since moving in …. Anything on the calendar? ….. Nadda.

Which is cool, we’ll plan sooner or later.

BUT .. it does seem at times, in the scope of our life, our wants, our plans, His plans … life itself will trip it up.
Like a clumsy, tired dancer performing The Rose Adagio, nerves wracked, sleep deprived and attempting a fouetté rond de jambe ….. catching the back leg with the front.

Is it the art of catching the trip that makes life exciting, humbling, frustrating?

In the midst of everything that goes on in LIFE … the good, the bad, the frustrating, the amazing …God, who is the constant, never fails, never leaves, never hides, never trips

“Where were you when I created the earth? Who decided on its size?
Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?
How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?
And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?
That was me!” – Job 38

“Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you're there!
If I burry myself to the depths of hell, you're there!
If I flew on the wings of the morning to the far western horizon,
you’d find me in a secondand you’d be there waiting for me! “ – Ps. 139

This is comforting to me, because MY life DOES feel like its been tripping over itself, that it has been Exciting, Humbling, Frustrating, Scary, Nerve Wracking, Exhausting, Amazing! …

and I find peace in knowing that no matter HOW my life goes, to the financially robbed to the unabashed love of my wife to the life threatening call of missions to the hope of my children

My God is everywhere I am … He never parts from me … He was big enough to set the cornerstones of the earth … He’s indeed big enough to handle me.

Until Next Time

Monday, October 12, 2009


Something happens only twice a year at where I work (The JOYFM) … Now the place in which I do work (The JOYFM) is a non-for-profit Radio station that has been around for the good part of 20 years, and are supported by the listeners …

SHARATHON! Is the vehicle used by the radio station (The JOYFM – I like putting it in parenthesis) Sharathon allows the listeners to call in and pledge however much money they would like to contribute to help not only keep the lights on at the radio station but also to help with events like “T-Shirts for Turkeys” – in which we help supply local food pantries and homeless shelters with Turkeys for Thanksgiving to help feed homeless/needy families over the holidays (also: Bike Ride for the Homeless, 20 Wishes ect) ….. I say all that to tell you … I have survived this past Sharathon … and it was … stressful, exciting, nerve racking, anxious, faithful, crazy, and just amazing.

To watch all of it unfold, was uncanny in and of itself … BUT it wasn’t the unfolding part that I learned something … it was in the end, after everything was done and I was left alone the very last day to produce “Thank You” Spots and “After Sharathon Imaging” … Things happen in ways that we expect them and in ways we DON’T expect them (duh!) … but that’s sometimes harder to maintain that thought in times of question and uncertainty. We lean on certain ideas and assumptions that ultimately give us hope but … are as unsteady as the ocean is to stand on.

The end of DAY 5 was that ocean wave for me … here we are supposed to be wrapping up Sharathon, but instead we are down 30% of our goal and it’s not promising any more gain at all. So as if dogs with their tails between our legs, we agreed to do ONE more day … that was hard for me. Like a lot of people these days, I’ve been burned by Christianity, Christians, Preachers, Evangelists … (the list can go on) and there’s a part of me that automatically puts up a wall … well this is the way I feel about asking for money (the tail between the legs analogy is appropriate) If God doesn’t give it … I won’t ask for more … but you learn new things sometimes

I KNOW God provides for His children, but what does that look like … we ASSUME it looks like a house, a job, a wife, a car, a lot of money, a Sharthon (you get the idea) … in this case, it was being humble and humiliated (in a good way) enough to say … “you know what, it’s ok that we didn’t succeed in the time WE had planned, but WE know God is bigger than whatever we plan … so GOD, please provide” … and He did … it was humbling, humiliating, exhilarating, and just God. There I sat, after a 12 hour day editing Imaging to say “Thank You” to all of those people who gave their own money to help with what God is doing with and through The JOYFM … and all I could think was, He continuously provides for His children, although completely undeserving of His grace and mercy, but none the less … provides to what he knows they need … in my case, it was humbling myself to ask … and I did

Until Next Time

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


OK if you don't remember (or if you don't want to scroll down a bit and read my post about stupid ... link here) my wife and I's cat (named Stupid) was placed in the loving hands of my father-in-law for a few months as we try and reorganize life and our moving situation ... well almost 3 months later and the little rascal is finally home. But this time, seeing as how we now have 2 floors, a stair case, a patio and wood floors ... not quite sure she's used to it.

I'll set the story up like this. Yesterday afternoon, after cycling home from The JOY FM studios, I walked in to our lovely new home with an even lovelier wife smiling from ear to ear. Now my first thought was "Aww YAY! She's sooo happy I'm home!" ... that was apart of it ... BUT the other part was along the lines of

ELISHA: " I called my dad and he's bringing Stupid home ... is that OK?"
ME: "When did you call him?"
ELISHA: (looking out the window) "AWW YAY SHE'S HERE"
ME: "Wha?"

And pulling up in the ever identifiable Red 15 passenger Chevy Van, was her father John ... with the cat. Was I ready for this? Did i prepare the house enough to have a cat? What about her litter? What about the stairs? Will she climb the stairs? If she can't will she pee down stairs on the wood floor? etc etc.

All of the questions and concerns left the moment her cute little black and white spotted face poked out of the 'cat carrier' ...

Anyway ... to wrap this up kinda quick, we took her upstairs first to get better acquainted with the 2nd floor ... it took her about an hour to actually come down the stairs ... the moment her paws hit the wood floors was a bit interesting too ... it was like ICE! ... all that to say ... In all honesty and masculinity, I'm not only happy that my cat Stupid is home ... but I'm extra happy ... that this made my wife's day yesterday ... and probably this morning when Stupid climbed into bed after i got out ... and snuggled right up next to her.

Until Next Time,

BTW ... Side note ..... check out this Vid from The Morning Cruise

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Week in the Life of Krispy!

Well this past week has been pretty much amazing, stressful, painful, exciting, curious, nerve racking, lovely … ect ect.

We moved! I know right crazy concept, moving … For the last 2 years, my wife and I have been living in a small 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment that literally is the size of our storage room at The JOY FM. It took us a while to find what we were looking for, under the right circumstances, and met our needs … and we DID! It’s a spacious 2 bedroom 2.5 bath townhouse in which we are renting. It’s amazing … the space is just outstanding to begin with … we don’t know what to do with it! BUT … I tell you that to say this … because my wife and I both work, and she teaches dance classes in the evenings some nights. I ended up moving just about everything by myself - Bed, Washer, Dryer, Dresser, Boxes (you get the idea) and really I’m not at all complaining it was stellar fun! … my back and legs and arms and neck might disagree with me though ;)

Also this week I’ve been exploring the new area. If you didn’t know I really enjoy cycling and try to ride just about every day… welp, in the new area … it’s a little difficult because there aren’t bike lanes and major roads … anyway on one of the many ongoing rides in this new district I ran across (not over) a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE!! Nah … it was a regular one but still that would have been pretty cool. ANYWAY didn’t want to bother him but wanted to at least get my picture with him … not too shabby …

Three little more tidbits before I say adieu:
  1. I was thinking of growing a full on beard with mustache attachment included … but I don’t know if I can pull of the robustness needed for the LUMBERJACK look … eh who knows

  2. While in transit to the new place while moving, I decided to stop by my parents house where my nephew Spencer was enjoying some chocolate pudding … no lie, the minute my camera/phone found its place in front of him … he smiled this brilliant smile … this kid is gonna be a lady killer

  3. God used the rainbow to show Noah his grace and mercy and ultimately his will through the great flood …. Well there wasn’t a flood … but it’s still a wonderful sight to see and contemplate on God’s sovereignty in the brilliance of a rainbow

    Until Next Time,

Thursday, September 17, 2009


*Insert “The Jefferson” soundtrack here*

Some things come to mind when describing the 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment my wife and I accupied these last 2 years of marriage:

  1. Number 1] It WAS cozy, but after the years of collecting “Family”, “Memorable” things … it’s not so cozy

  2. Number2] Converting the living room into a secondary storage area did not make life easier (nor neat)

  3. Number3] Although the excitement of moving into a 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom/upstairs/downstairs townhouse is a bit overwhelming … we’re gonna miss our first place

There’s something about this place (our first place – we’ll call it One-zee) ..There’s something about One-zee that was inviting and cozy, and memorable and a little tear jerking thinking of the absence of him/her/it/whatever .. BUT One-zee brought a lot of great amazing memories .. our first Christmas, New Year .. well just every holiday that we spent together .. (the whole time ;)) some not so good times .. an argument or two .. the time Elisha fixed really bad pancakes (not cooked all the way through) .. I tried to sneak throwing them away .. I got caught .. and it was never about the Pancakes .. plus we laugh about it now ;) *SIGH* … yes even the adoption of our (kinda) cat STUPID .. or Kitty .. depending on what she’s doing.

But .. I say all that to say this … even the solid things we have (home, life, love) are forever changing .. and as they do .. you move on , adapt, pray, follow, and obey … We’re excited about this new chapter of our lives and in all seriousness .. we are embracing it with united arms and looking at this adventure as a chance to be a closer family, better husband/wife, and follower

and we are truly TRULY blessed with even just this roof over our head …

not to be lame but I’m going to wrap this up with a simple prayer

God thank you first off for absolutely everything you have given us Lord .. even the things we’ve gone through good/bad to bring us to you .. as Elisha and I follow you let us not be selfish/arrogant/chastising/flippant about the love, life, grace, mercy, justice, sacrifice that you’ve given us so undeservingly … and allow us to justly represent you wherever we are … its all yours AMEN

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Heart Healthy Husband

Ok so .. I LOVE to cook .. for serious
The last few weeks, while my wife is starting back up with school and teaching dance classes, i've been the chef in house! In all honesty .. it's like an adventure

The first night i was a little timid. I cook, but not enough to create a "Food Network" type meal. Well i was thinking low fat, low calories, tasty, easy, all natural. All of a sudden this meal popped in my head! ... and it's pretty easy!

2.5 All Natural- Low Fat - Low Cal- Chicken Kielbasa
2 cups Sauerkraut
1/4 cup lite Brown Sugar
2 Baked Apples

Let the Chicken Kielbasa thaw a little bit and cut it into slices .. with some fat free veg. oil let sit on the stove top on Med. Heat

Cut up your apples in to small wedges and lightly coat them with brown sugar, then slice up your pineapple (don't get canned) bake in oven @ 350 deg for 20 minutes or until brown

In the meantime while your chicken is cooking, make sure you leave it longest once its first in the skillet ... THAN flip to cook through both sides ... after its cooked enough throw in the Sauerkraut and fold in with Chicken

after your apples and pineapples look ready throw those in to the mix as well ... drizzle a little honey some more brown sugar and your good to go!

btw .. its only 320ish calories per serving ... yeah! ITS AMAZING!!

ANYWAY .. after my wife came home with the most precious look on her face, that literally made me smile ear to ear ... she devoured that meal ... probably one of her favorites!!

SO ITS SIMPLE ... you should do it too! (for your wife/husband)

oh btw.. not so fat/calorie friendly dessert ... toasted crossant with marshmellow fluff and dark chocolate ... cut crossant in half, fill with flush break off a peice of chocolate in the crossant ... back in oven at 350deg for 15 minutes ... AMAZING!!

What ideas do you have?!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Caller #827

.... No real verbiage needs to be typed .... just enjoy the video ... in its entirety

Looking for Caller 827 from The Morning Cruise on Vimeo.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Little Things In Life

I'm still a young guy, at age 26. I can still remember nights of "Fort" making in my bedroom/livingroom ... using up all of the sheets in the closet to create the "inpenetrable walls" of my imaginary fortress. Ah yes .. those were the days .. when we were content with cardboard boxed as space ships and broken branches as machine guns in the front yard.

It was the usual kind of Friday afternoon .. driving home from The JOY FM studios in Sarasota, contemplating what my wife and i should do for that evening. "Is it a quiet evening? Maybe cook up some rice, cut some veggies and roll out some sushi?" .. or "Maybe we can run down to the Beach coast and chill out there .. maybe listen to some music, dance on the shore as the sun is setting ..." hmm it got to be a little difficult .. and talking back forth to my wife .. we were stumped. A moment of silence came between our "backandforthness" ... Elisha:"Ok .. what do YOU want to do honey?" .. jokingly I belted out as if transposed back to my 7yr old body "A FORT!!!" ... " LET'S MAKE A FORT!" ... one of the biggest, cutest smiles I've seen my wife give came across her face. "YESS!!!" and so began the conquest of Fort making for the evening ... and it was ..... amazing!

From the start ... it was an adventure. Using barstools and bo-staffs to prop up the sheets ... chip-clips and safety pins to hold the sheets together .. the couch became the anchor of our sheet fort masterpiece. 100 Calorie Kettle Popcorn, Pink Lemonaid smoothies and I believe Zuccini/Squash Alfredo Pasta with Grilled Chicken were served under the Fortress of Sheets ... watching Disney's Herculies and The Emporers New Grove .. laughing .. alot .. cost? - $0 .. Planning? -0:00 .. it was simple .. sweet .. different .. and that night we slept ... well ... she did. I was awake .. watching her semi-smiling face .. thinking "why is it so hard to just enjoy all that God has given us NOW in this life ... the simple things .. the things that just, even briefly, bring you to smile" .. it's easy to complicate things .. it's easy to over do things .. but alot of times .. even in the simple things .. it's enough!

so built a fort tonight .... and maybe even next week ... HAVE FUN!!

Till next time,


Monday, August 17, 2009

To Sweat or not to Sweat!

Ok so picture in your mind the perfect church "Contemporary Worship" service. Great songs being sung by an exuberant congregation, to an ever present, ever compassionate, ever Holy God! ... now ... picture the perfect worship leader ... Acoustic guitar in hand, great voice, great song composition .. unwavoring band ushering the congregation in a worship experience before the throne of God ..... (side note: If you were unaware before .. I myself am a worship leader. Backed by a great band, back up singers and a great congregation ... i've been told i can sing well, been told im excellent at guitar and EVEN been told im pretty good at leading the congregation) ... ok so what im getting at is ... put ME in that picture of the worship leader .... now .............. gaze at the picture posted ----->

Do you see that giant dark stain on my shirt? ....................
Do you happen to know what that is ? .......................
Yep ............

THATS SWEAT!!! .... A GIANT SWEAT STAIN!!! ...... (twice the size of my head ... and not pictured is another thats just the size of my head)

How humiliating to be infront of a big congregation leading them into an experience with God, giving Him praise for everything He has done in their lives ... and noticing all the while ... that ..... their worship leader (ME) .... HAS A COLOR CHANGING SHIRT! .... haha needless to say, after packing what might be the largest papertowel wod ever under my arm pit to absorb the sweat ... we got back up on stage at the end of our pastors sermon to lead the congregation once again in hymns and songs ....

wow ... that's all i gotta say for that picture

until next time!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wait ... You Did WHAT?!

well ... kinda ... if you like the waking up before the sunrise, driving in a monsoon and avoiding the pillars of electric hell we call Lightning, kind of mornings ... then yes ... it was soo more than beautiful!

So after an extremely eventful week last week, filled with dancing, playing music and falling out of ceilings ......wait ......... haha ok hold up ... i DID just say falling out of ceilings ... ok here's how that goes

If you didn't know, my wife Elisha, is an amazing dance choreographer (modern, jazz, ballet .. you name it ... she'll own it!) .. ANYWAY so by association and well ... marriage ... i have now been dancing for 3 years now and love it ... BUT ... some of the things she creates ..... are ....... RIDICULOUSLY SCARY AND LIFE THREATENING!!!

*cough* ... ok ... I'll set the scene....
She has choreographed a modern/acrobatic piece to "Skillet - Rebirthing" ... great song, good message .... the choreography is intense just like the song, fast paced and challenging (mia michaels your heart out ... or .... not're good too).
With less than 2 weeks to learn the choreography and perform it ... oh AND finish it ... it was a little stressful, but nonetheless the week of the performance, the choreography was done, the dancers were done learning it, perfected the moves ... but something was missing ... "hmmm .." thought my lovely, creative wife "what could it possibly be missing .... "OH!!! I GOT IT!! We Need Acrobatics!" ... she seemed to muse

ok ... I'm not a huge acrobat ... actually i can just do a small amount of tumbling ... but thanks to some of our friends who helped out and who were able to seriously tumble the mess out of that choreography (in a good way) .. the acrobatics was pretty dern good! "It still needs something else" she thought "What if Jared (our serious tumbler friend) uses a net hanging from the ceiling, and Kris and Jesus (Hey-Zeus) repel out of the ceiling, upside down and in grey stretchy fabric sacks ...." ........... there was a long pause after this statement in which i serious thought about my life, and the importance of safety ... and who would get my possessions if i died ........ "Sure why not!" .... came spewing from my mouth! .. WHAT?! WHY DID I SAY THAT!! I HATE HEIGHTS!! .... oh no!

SO HERE WE GO!! UP INTO THE CEILING ... wait ... ok ... if you are unaware of how to and what repelling is .... its simple really ... you fall from a high point (cliff, roof, window, ceiling) while attached to a rope, and hope you don't die ...

So now I've found myself inside a church ceiling 40 feet off the ground, playing Spider Man by climbing through the rafters ... attached to something called a "safety tie" .... no gonna lie to you ... it looks just like a thicker shoestring with a knot in it .... it's now holding my full 150Lbs .... I'm dangling ..... I'm sweaty, I'm shaky, I'm anxious, I'm scared ..... i think ...... yep ........ i just pee'd (not really)

skip ahead 2 attempts ... one in which i wasn't really secured by my harness and could have died but didn't and another where I forgot i was still "clipped in" to the secure line and lowered only to get snagged 5 feet out of the ceiling and yelling "OH DEAR GOD!! TAKE ME NOW!" ....was ... fun (I guess)

but it showed me what I wouldn't do for the love of my life ......

would you fall out of a ceiling, scared out of your mind ... with half .... pee'd in pants (not really) ..... for the love of your life ;)

BTW .... just a thought on a different note:
We aren't really anything special, i mean yeah .. we're made uniquely ... but really ... we're nothing truly special. Maybe not even a *blip* on the map of eternity ... but ..... haha and its a big but (no puns intended in the typing of this thought) .... Job 38:4-7 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements, surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone" .... foundations of the earth? ... I can't even lay concrete foundation on my driveway by myself ... and i certainly can't stretch my hand, arm, body .. as it's measurements ..... I'm kinda small .....but God ... who holds the universe in the span of his hand (Isaiah 40:12 - btw in Traditional Jewish terms .. the "span" of that hand is 9inches ... so ..... yeah ... the universe ... isn't even as big as ruler to God ... that's BIG)

Until Next Time

Friday, July 10, 2009

Corporate Krispy!


It's 11:20AM on Friday morning, this week .... Corporate was here .... with guests.
Corporate being President of RTN Networks, Jim Campbell and his guests Dothan, Alabama's HIS Radio 94.3FM.

Last Friday .. received the information that Jim Campbell and guests were coming next week ... The called for attire is this ... "Dressy" .... OK hold up ... I'm a 20 something Floridian. All i know is Floridian wear (tank tops, shorts and flip flops) ... needless to say my wardrobe was not what Jim was looking for ... SO i picked my self up a "Thin Fit" small white and small grey pinstriped button up shirt and also a pair of skinny dress pants ... black and grey ... and of course I had to "GQ" it up and got some matching vests .. needless to say (as my wife puts it) I gave Brad Pitt a run for his money (i wish i had his money hah)

So there I was ... Monday morning ... I'm going to impress the Boss and his guests, make them stop in their tracks and say ... "Wow ... He's sharp" ... yep ... here we go. As i pulled up to the station a sense of confidence filled my heart, a level of professionalism exuded from each step i took towards the door ... today is a new day ... today shows a new Krispy ... as i walked through the door i could feel the gasps of my fellow coworkers ... a gasp shouting "HE LOOKS GREAT" ... *enter record scratch here* ... nope ... that wasn't the gasp i thought it was ... it was just a preparation for the upheaval of laughter that echoed through the halls as TODAY ... wasn't the day ... it was the following day ... and the one after that.

See what had happened was .... i got my days mixed up ... and here i was dressed to the T's in my monkey suit ... and everyone else is chillaxing it up your typical and ever so comfy "Floridianwear" ... with my Skinny dress pants, my Thin Fit Button up tightly tucked in layered with a form fitting matching vest .... i ..... was .... SO UNBELIEVABLY UNCOMFORTABLE!!

SO NOW, here i stood, Monday afternoon, untucking, tearing off, undressing (OK maybe not that last one) this uncomfortable outfit and looking frantically for anything .. AH YES!! My running shorts and a work polo ... boy ... did i feel like a winner .. and quickly i went from "Chic" to "Simply bummin'" .... needless to say for 3 straight days i dressed as if i were interviewing for the "Sexiest Men" issue of People Magazine! And did everything i usually do in my "Floridianwear" in this new "GQ"wear:
Loading and Unloading Station Vehicles
Voice Tracking
Sorting Promotion Items
Towing Dave's truck eventually finding myself underneath it trying to cut the tow rope from the car and realizing i have five gallons of sweat up and down my body ... along with gravel and dirt from the road.


i ruined one of my monkey suits .... i didn't look so chic anymore ... i looked like a kinda halfway dressed up grease monkey (I'm allowed to use the term my dad is a grease monkey ... and i am to .. to a degree)

so here i am ... Friday morning wear jeans, t-shirt, flip flops and my favorite hat .... mmm i love my job ..... sometimes ;)

ALSO ... on a completely different note, I've been reading Romans lately and its brought some serious questions in my heart .... The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. But all who acted this way no matter which nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character ...

it made me think ... we act this way when we let our beliefs and convictions over shadow the service and responsibility God has entrusted us with to not only further his word and love but also to visually show this beautiful but fallen world what the savior really looks like .... has nothing to do with being holy or privileged .... but has everything to do with how justly and humbly obey Christs commands.

Just a thought



Monday, July 6, 2009

Hey Name Was Stupid

Just after Elisha and I were married and back from our honeymoon, we visited her parents house to find it was filled with adorable kittens .... well being the pleasing pushover husband i am, we grabbed one for ourselves.
"What should her name be?" Elisha asked while driving down the bumpy Myakka road. "Hmm" I thought "what about ... Kitty Face?" ... " YEAH!! THAT'S PERFECT" she seemed to squeal.

And from that day on it was kitty heaven .... really? ... kitty heaven ..... Heck NO! She was terrible!Consistently for a year and a half she Pee'd on ever sheet we owned tore up ever inch of carpet separating the kitchen from the hallways, it seemed every week she was in heat, When 10:00PM hit .. it was as if she became a wild animal hell bent on running upside down on our couch and jumping up and over and around as fast as she could and even ... throwing up/pooping/ peeing in our laundry. This behavior, built up in me an annoyance for this cat ... to the point where everyday i would walk in and lovingly say .. "hello stupid cat" ... "heeyyy stupid" ... "well good afternoon stupid" ... and thus .. the name change ... from "Kitty Face" to " Stupid" (later shortened to Stu)

After many conversations about Cat behavior/anxiety it came to our attention she was stressed out and partially because she was in constant heat. SO! We got her fixed ... and it was as if God himself had pity on us, she has been redeemed!!! No longer plagued by the demonic rampages of her youth, she has seen the light ... and ... is no longer crazy and stupid ... i started falling in love with this stupid cat (I'm not a cat person if you couldn't tell)

Wouldn't you know it, in just a few months after her operation ... I'd fallen for this lovable, loving, caring, cuddling, hungry, hilarious cat ... but her name .. was still stupid. *DING-DONG* .. it was the Apartment maintenance man, "Hey uh .. just coming to check on the .... hmm y'all have a cat" (i guess we didn't catch the pet fee) ... couple days later we're hit with the notice of the "Pet Fee" .. $250.00 plus a monthly fee ... totally worth it for Stupid IF we weren't moving in Sept.

After much deliberation, prayer, contemplation, begging, crying and yes even sniffling .... we ........... are giving ...............Stupid ...................... away until we move!!! Our newly beloved cat Stupid, is staying back where she was taken from ... the bumpy Mayakka road as all so unnerving as my wife and I drove our some what of a very furry and rambunctious child to her new home. Tossing memories back and forth, "Remember that time she got caught in the fly paper?" to "Remember when she used to sneak into our room in the morning and tear our feet to pieces" :.( *SIGH* ... what a somber evening that was .... and an even more unsettling morning ... when as we leave to go about our day ...... there is no "WATCH OUT FOR THE CAT!!" or ... " HONEY WHERES THE LASER POINTER, THE CAT WON'T GET OUT OF OUR BEDROOM!" .... just ...... silence .......... and the faint view of her white and black cat hair strewn about our maroon rug ......

If you have a loved one ... that you can't stand to be around, talk to, live with, or just plain want to kill ....... just get them neutered or spayed, that's what we did ... and i fell in love with Stupid

Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Cruise 4 - Day 5 FINAL!!!

OKAY OKAY!! ... I need to breathe just a little bit here, *SIGH* it's ... over!
BUT of course (i promise you its like clockwork) something had to happen.

So let me start this post with a reference to yesterday afternoon.
4:00PM - 3 Mile Run, sweat like i was in an oven.
6:00PM - Dance Practice, we practice LIFTS with all the girls and new choreography.
9:00PM - MORE dance practice for a completely separate thing.
11:30PM - Leave studio to head home (30 minute drive)
12:20AM - ... i think I'm falling asleep, i should be ... I've been going and going for 19hrs

haha yeah ... i snoozed the alarm once, then canceled it ... i was all alone ... i needed to be at the Station at 5:20AM ..... needless to say i packed up the wife, got dressed (btw never have i gotten dressed so quickly in my life, ...realizing now that i forgot my belt, I'm wearing 2 different flip flops and had my shirt inside out until i realized it at the 7:00AM hour ... yeah ... I'm a winner!) anyway ... OFF WE WERE heading to work. The drive consisted of me apologizing to my lovely wife on why i woke up so late and frantic and that she had to *GULP* possibly sleep at the Station .... well ..... she didn't mind (thanx God) anyway Elisha found herself nice spot in the studio to pull together 2 chairs and finish up her beauty rest, while i push and produce the Summer Cruise.
The show went on without a hitch (i seem to say that even if there were glitches) ... i didn't start sweating until the 7:20AM break where Carmen preference the break before going on saying "Krispy, how ya doing? Ya know, uh , Pinky (the pink flamingo everyone and their mother have been trying to find to win NOJ tix and a bunch of Summer Cruise gear) IS IN YOUR OFFICE!!" ... first reaction was "must have misheard ... haven't had my coffee yet. Sure enough ... sitting at the window of my office was none other than the plastic perky Pinky Cortez Tuscadeo, perched ever so neatly facing out the window .... this isn't good .... i have a sleeping wife in the studio, i look like I've been out all night doing God knows what (with miss matched flip flops) and now I'm going to have a herd of loyal JOY FM listeners "Storming the Gates" to nab the ever precious pink flamingo.
8 Oh Clock rolls around and sure enough, there's a commotion outside. 2 couples (4 people) and a pair of friends ... oh and a young, new mother carrying her child (7 people ... well ... 8 if you count the gorgeous baby) were surrounding the Station ... 4 on the South side, 2 on the West, and the young mother standing semi-wide eyed and scared at the front door. My wife being the baby lover she is, lets her in and mingles with the beautiful pair. All of a sudden, like a thunderous roar coming down the hall ..... the pair of friends, rumbled through the offices, down the hall, shouting as if they were Viking soldiers to my office, where not only my wife and the new mother were but also a newly startled and crying baby. The pair captured their prize with a shout of "We are the Champions" and as fast and loud as they came in ... they were gone. I felt as if i wanted to be the valiant night that mounted on horse back to rescue the prize from the Viking soldiers and place it into the delicate hands of the young mother but ... AHH :30 seconds until break!!! .. "HEY DAVE, DAVE!!" .. I frantically shrieked "WHA?" ... "Dude seriously the most hilarious thing just happened ... it was like Braveheart only with Vikings and not all that chivalry stuff ... ya know what it wasn't like Braveheart it was more like .... CLOVERFIELD ... OH AH :10 SECONDS ... LIVE IN 5 ...4...3...2 ..."

OK so i might be a little dramatic in the telling of the story but still ... it was like a mixture of Independance Day, an Indiana Jones movie and maybe some Transformers all played by Viking soldiers ... who were female (did i say that yet .... sorry)

ANYWAY!! Needless to say i think we are on our way to compensating the young mother!!

Today's TO DO LIST:
Morning Cruise Promos (big surprise)
Summer 09 Imaging
Lunch with Jayar?
Chiropractor (dance and lifting all them girls)
Back to the station to double check work
Guitar Practice
Show tonight w/ Eleventyseven, Cool Hand Luke and Sam Robertson


On another Note, flipping thought Galatians this morning ... 5 to be exact. Came across one of the most quote scriptures in Modern Christian society - Galatians 5:1 .. it is for freedom that Christ set us free" ... awesome reassurance ... then read down past to 5:16-18 "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law" ... simply said (and not to complicate things, we seem to do that alot with scripture that's not meant to be complicating) Paul says "Live by the Spirit*Rom.8:9" ... the Spirit is the "Spirit of Christ" the demeanor, countenance and love of Christ. "and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature" ... simply put - live as a servant of Christ, love all that He loved, give yourself to the least of these .... and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. That;s not hard at all, is it ... no need to confuse yourself with how to "live by the Spirit" .. "Is that according to 1 Corinthians 14?" its not ... its according to Christ ... and his example to LIVE and really LIVE .... try it ... its fun.

until next time

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Cruise 4 - Day 4

ONE MORE DAY!!! .... I'm not going to lie to you. I've been secretly looking forward to Thursday morning, 10:00AM, and here it is! AHH THE SWEET JOYS THAT LIE BEYOND THE 24HR HORIZON!!

BUT .... in the mean time.

This morning was unusually predictable, and by that i mean ... i woke up @ 4:04AM ... wait ... what? but my alarm was set for 4:05AM ..... ohmigosh ... please don't tell me that I'm getting used to waking up at FOUR IN THE MORNING... *sigh* I think, wait no, I KNOW there has to be a law somewhere about waking up before the sun. Morning ritual stays the same though. Yawn*Stretch*Bathroom ... Cat followed me around all morning ... cute .... I still think she's stupid.

Alright gotta get ready. Where's my pants .. oh ok ... got em' ..wallet, check ..cellphone, check ..keys, check ... oh ... man .... forgot my shirt .... wait ... laundry isn't not done, AHH THAT'S WHAT I WAS FORGETTING YESTERDAY! ... hmm only clean shirt ... my black tank top. MAN! ... it's going to be weird in the office today .... I can hear Dan Brodie now " Hey, uh, Kris ... why .... hmm ... are you working out today?" ... oh well.

(short day)
  • Morning Cruise Promos
  • Summer 09 Imaging
  • SC Promo
  • LUNCH WITH ELISHA! - (publix subs ...mmmmmm, don't hate)
  • Dance with Elisha
  • Dance Practice
  • ......sleep, i hope

In spite of the early morning schedule, I've truly had fun these past couple days. It's unfortunate that I can't join the Morning Cruise (Dave, Bill and Carmen) on the Summer Cruise .... but .... still, I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work for a station that not only cares about their listeners, but meets them where they are ... in real life, living life together.

*sniff* ........tear ...cough cough

on a different note ... was reading Matthew this morning ... read this, got chills, and urge you to not only walk out YOUR OWN salvation and walk with God, but also to test EVERYTHING that is taught to you, with Scripture *"For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.:* - Matt 24:24

Just because someone says they're a preacher, teacher, christian ...(insert christian title here) doesn't mean they can teach contradictory to what the scriptures say. Remember the Holy Spirit inspired everything written within the Bible, the Holy Spirit will never inspire anything else that may contradict.

Until Next Time

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Cruise 4 - Day 3

"HONEY!! WAKE UP!!" shouts my lovely wife, from the left side of the bed ... wait ... why is she standing on the bed ... AHHH!! THAT'S A GIANT SPIDER!! ...... that's right, another evening of hopeful sleep interrupted by the likes of 'Spencer the Spider'. Needless to say I did my husbandly duties and vanquished the 8 legged varmint to the outdoors. THEN back to sleep .....

*CALYPSO MUSIC* (i changed my alarm tones) SMACK! ... 5 minutes later *CALYPSO MUSIC* SMACK! ... another 5 minutes .... *CALYPSO MUSIC* - YAWN!*STRETCH ... its 4:15AM ... snoozed button twice .... mmm this morning .. i think I'll take a cold bath to wake up ... first off, that idea alone should prove to some that I'm not thinking too straight. Bad idea ... ya know another bad idea? leaving the bathroom door open so my cat (her name is stu - short for stupid) could join me ... *THUMP* she climbed up on the lip of the tub ... haha thats cute ... shes pawing at the waterrr AHHH OHMIGOSH!! SHE JUST FELL IN THE WATER!!! AND SHES NOT DECLAWED ...... that's right ... my sweet, beautiful, ridiculously curious and stupid (thus her name) cat joined me for me cold bath ... i have scratches on the tummy to prove it. What a way to start the morning.

Woke Elisha up about 10 minutes before having to leave the house. She has to take me in to the Station this morning .. because she needs the car (we only have 1) .. I think she's awake (she didn't hear the commotion of the near death experience i encountered in the bathroom). We arrived safely to our destination, and here i am again 2 bags, an extra set of keys and a mug-o-coffee, trying to open the door ... my wife sat and laughed at how silly i looked ... i do what i can to humor her.

DAY 3 of THE SUMMER CRUISE with THE MORNING CRUISE!! Everything went off without a hitch, a well trained and learn-ed producer such as myself knows how to handle certain situations, especially under pressure ... wait ........ where Chuck Whittakers traffic report .... its not .... in the email ... wait ... THIS IS NOT IT!!! .... i downloaded the wrong file .. what should have been the 6:25AM traffic report to notify our lovely listeners of the goingons of the roadways ... was Willie Nelsons - On The Road Again ...... seriously Kris .... seriously?


Rest of the show was awesome, Franny (Francesca Battestelli) did a great job entertaining the crowd as well as seemingly inviting vacationers from Denver to join her this morning ... wow that's impressive ... and now? It's 10:40AM, Leslie the Latte' Lady has come to my rescue with a delicious brew of Starbucks Breakfast Blend (5th cup) and a "non-frosted" pop tart.

  • Morning Cruise Promos
  • Summer 09 Imaging
  • Producing Music Beds
  • Play catch with Jayar?? (tentative)
  • Worship Practice
  • Cycle with Jacob
  • SYTYCD with the Wife ....... mmmmm best part
Till Next Time Friends,

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Cruise 4 - Day 2

Famous words before bed. "ALRIGHT! I can get 7 hrs of sleep tonight ...."

Let's start today blog, last night. It was 9:00PM. I was curled up in bed, with my body pillow and 2 fluffy pillows. Nightstand light was on, just finished another chapter in "Irresistible Revolution" (btw .. great read) .... started ......nodding WHA!! oh .... the cat decided to curl up with me ... and her claws ....... that's .... okay .............. just nodding ........ off .... to ...slleeeeeee *snore* ....... HEY!WHAT!?(startled) ah ok .. Elisha is home from church ... what time is it? 9:35PM ? .. hmm ... just need to sleep ... (hours later, after tossing and turning .... it's 1:42AM) ...... really? its 1:42 in the morning ... and my alarm will wake me up at 4:00AM ... oh never mind ... its 1:43AM now ..... needless to say ... didn't get much sleep last night. No Ninja Pizza Delivery Guys in the dreams but ... i do recall fishing in a superman outfit ... very much like the one i called my "PJ's" when i was a tot.

DAY 2 of The Summer Cruise with The Morning Cruise (the only cruise on radio ... blah blah blah). Today was a little like it should have been yesterday ... like a Circus (and no ... not the Brittany Spears song) Waltzed in to the Station at 5:20AM locked the door behind me ... OH i forgot my Ipod in the car, let me just go get it ... yeeeeeah ... about that ..... turned out my car keys slid off my clip ... in my hands were just my house keys, spare keys to the mail boxes, office keys, a USB Drive, and ... no car keys .... where ... oh .. OH THERE THEY ARE! ... in the front seat (i just laughed at myself ... 5:17AM and im outside "finangling" the driver door to get my defiant keys. Well after about 10 minutes of "ohmigoodness"ing ... i looked up to see the passenger door (my wife's side) was unlocked ... it was the only time i thanked God for a bad habit!! Made my way into the studio, brewed some BOLD coffee, called DBC(remember ... Dave, Bill and Carmen ;)) AND ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER CRUISE SHOW!! Except the balancing act of switching between the ISDN Analog Feed and the TieLine Feed, the buffering of the TieLine, the multiple failed attempts at getting DBC's attention for breaks, and well .... the coffee that i spilt on my hand ... haha but seriously ... great show.

Its not even the end of the show actually, its 9:15AM. I'm sipping and finishing cup #4 of the Starbucks Kenya Bold. Wrap up in about an hour, To Do List looks like:
  • Morning Cruise Promos
  • Find JOY Montage
  • Summer 09 Imaging
  • Lunch with Elisha
  • 4 Mile Run
  • 8 Mile Cycle
  • Dance Practice @ 5:00PM
  • Home @ 9:00PM ........ maybe sleep

oh i hope sleep ..... mmmm.... coma?! TYLENOL PM!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Cruise 4 - Day 1

*BUZZ* interrupted dream, i was fighting off Ninja Pizza Delivery guys, i would have won too if it wasn't for the alarm on my cellphone ... set for 4:00AM ...... WHAT?! 4:00 IN THE MORNING!? ... yes .... FOUR OH CLOCK!

This morning starts the first day of the fourth annual "Summer Cruise" with the Morning Cruise (the only cruise on radio apparently). This year Dove Award Nominee Francessca Battestelli is joining the 'Cruise''s Dave, Bill and Carmen in Lutz at 'The Breakfast Nook', and where is 'Krispy Kreme" stuck at a light at 5:15 AM behind the worlds most pollutant truck ... 197...something no back gate, dragging muffler, 5 different shades of dirt, but real nice guys. Pulled around to the next lane, asked if they knew they're muffler was creating a mini-lightshow while being dragged along the asphalt. "IT IS?!" the driver holla'd over his twin passanger. "Yep! I didn't know if it was accidental, or if it were a noble attempt at entertaining other drivers" I replyed ... "AH THANK YOU SO MUCH, I'LL HAVE TO RE-DUCT TAPE IT!" ............... (pause) ................. "re-duct tape?" i thought ... eh ..... okay. "NO WORRIES, BE SAFE!!" i shouted back.

15 minutes later i found myself at the front office doors at The JOY FM Sarasota. Ya know, its incredibly difficult to unlock and pull open a door when you're carrying 2 bags, extra car keys and a coffee (the essential drink of any crazy-early morning commute). Opened up the Station, situated myself, contacted DB&C (Dave, Bill and Carmen) to check on time, and from there ... it was all uphill. Great first show! (from a producers point of view, everything went on without a hitch, IE: bill didn't blindside me with news and traffic and Carmen didn't request music on a whim, and music that wasn't out of reach ... luckily it was in reach ;)) So over all ... at 10:02AM, already being up for 6 hours and well into the work day i am:
  • Drinking my 6th cup of coffee
  • Producer 2 new Morning Show 'Promos'
  • Editing "As Heard" bits for the web
  • Creating some new JOY graphics
  • Producing 4 new "This is Your Music" sweeps
  • Catching MORE Coffee with Jayar
  • Riding my bike home in 2 hours

and then slipping into a coma (nap .... maybe)

so JUST 4 MORE DAYS!!! I'm so excited ..... (sarcasm)

I think i will post a picute each day to show the slow deterioration of this "Poor, White Radio Producer"

until next time,