Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
So that got me thinking...what is it about sports that does that to us? What is it about grown men playing a game that makes us shake, yell and holler at the top of our lungs, argue and fight, and give up so much money and time?
Well, here's my answer...I HAVE NO IDEA, but I love it. Football, Basketball, Baseball...it doesn't matter, I can get into it.
Which brings me to my next point...I'm scared to death about the BCS National Championship game. I hope "Big Game" Bob shows up with the "Stoops Troops" and not the "Chokelahoma Drunken Stupors" that have showed up in recent bowl games. One thing I know for sure...I'll be shaking and yelling, and, hopefully, experiencing chills when we pull off the upset.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thank you, God bless, and Boomer Sooner.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The other thing Texas likes to cry about is that they only lost to Tech because they dropped an interception on the last drive and they only got beat on the last play. If I'm not mistaken, any team can say that about any close game (point out one play that changed the game). Also, if I'm not mistaken, they didn't lose on one play. I'm pretty sure that Texas only led for about a minute and a half total in that game. And Texas Tech drove over 60 yards in under a minute to win it, immediately after Texas had taken their first lead. I'm pretty sure you have no right to claim that you're a "championship" team if you allow someone else to drive down the field like that in less than a minute AND score a touchdown. Dropped interceptions, defense, tackling, those are the things that determine how good a team you are. They aren't excuses you can use to say that "you shouldn't have lost the game."
It's obvious that ESPN and a few other media outlets have an agenda. Okay, I get it, everyone is afraid to put the Sooners in a big game because they've choked a couple of times. However, you shouldn't fry Oklahoma because the BCS is screwed up and you might not like the Big 12's tie-breaker rules. No one from Texas was complaining about the tie-breaker rules until they were on the short end of it. They sound like a bunch of babies arguing over a toy. Texas' athletic director was interviewed and quoted talking about how bad the tie-breaker rules are for the Big 12...he was on the committee that helped form the rules!!! And all the politicking!?!? Mack Brown comes on the ABC broadcast for the OU/OSU game and cries for 5 minutes. It proves what type of person Mack Brown is, but it's more ridiculous that ESPN encourages it. I've lost all respect for many people that I used to enjoy listening to. Stoops was asked to do the same thing during the Texas/Texas A&M game and he refused because he said that's not right. I'm sure glad Stoops is with OU - that's class.
If you really think that Texas got screwed, it's nothing new. The same writers and talking ESPN idiots cried like this last year for Georgia, in 2006 for Michigan, in 2004 for Auburn, and so on, and so on. Yes, the BCS sucks, but it can't be changed! It's done! Let the teams play it out on the field and shut up.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
To avoid bankruptcy, it seems that a lot of companies are going to be merging. Here are some of the mergers that are already said to be taking place:
- Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W.R. Grace Co. may be merging to become "Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace."
- PolyGram Records, Warner Bros., and Nabisco Crackers may join forces to become "Poly, Warner, Cracker."
- Zippo, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will be merging to form "ZipAudiDoDa."
- Knott's Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women (NOW) appear to be merging to "Knott NOW."
- Fed Ex may merge with it's biggest competitor, UPS, to become "FedUP."
Ok, just a little corny humor. I'm sure you're all thinking one of two things. Either, "Hahahahahaha..." or, "Clay, you're an idiot."
Haha! Funny, huh? The weird thing is that I've always wanted to get involved in politics at some point in my life. Let me clarify...I want to be in politics - I don't want to be a politician.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
After the graveside service, I hurried home so I could grab a quick bite to eat and change into a different suit. I had a wedding at the state capitol at 7pm. By the time it was all said and done, I got home at about 9 and was exhausted. It was one of those days that, in ministry, doesn't happen very often. I'm sure they're aren't a whole lot of people who have done a funeral and wedding in the same day, but who knows. What can I say other than...that's why they pay me the big bucks. Actually, I was more than pleased just to have the opportunity to help a few families out.
We've also had some bangin on the roof the last couple of days. Wednesday afternoon I was startled when I was sitting in the living room...the house suddenly began shaking violently due to something hitting our roof. It was the roofing company delivering bundles and bundles and bundles of shingles and shingles and...ok, you get it. The roofers started on our roof Thursday afternoon and were finished by around 4 on Friday. Racism and stereotypes aside, those Mexicans REALLY are hard workers and very good at what they do. The roof looks pretty good.
And, we finished up Friday night by going to the Thunder game. I'm pretty sure the Carl Alber girls could beat them. It's pretty sad. Oh well, I don't think I need to say anything else. I'm sure I've said enough.
That's my world the last few days...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Our remaining plans for Thanksgiving go something like this...Thanksgiving day we begin by having lunch with my family. We never really do anything with my dad's side, so we do lunch each year with my mom's side of the family. It's nothing unusual for us to have 30 or more together for lunch. Immediately after lunch, we'll drive to Hinton, OK to be with Vanessa's mom's side of the family at her grandmother's house. We'll spend the rest of Thanksgiving Day there with her family. Then I go hunting on Friday (whoo hoo!). Saturday we'll travel to Marlow, OK to have lunch with Vanessa's dad's side of the family. Hopefully, OU will beat Texas Tech next week, then they'll be playing OSU the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the evening, so we can leave Marlow and get home in time to watch Bedlam.
It's crazy how much travelling we do for the holidays, but it's worth it. It's not very often that either of us get to see all of our family. I know a lot of people have to rotate years, spending holidays with one side one year and the other side the next. While it does make for a lot of travel in a short amount of time, we really are fortunate that both of our families are close, so we get to spend time with both sides each holiday.
I'm sure many of you share in this busy-ness. I know one thing...we'll be worn out when it's all said and done. But, I'm sure this will help to make the holidays rush by, and, before we know it, we'll be holding our baby boy!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Anyway, I don't like hearing about nothing but politics, but I miss it. Ok, I know that makes no sense whatever so I'll shut up.
I'm now realizing that this was one of those blog posts consisting of the ramblings of my mind and nothing that is truly worth writing or reading...I'm sorry you wasted 30 seconds of your life reading it.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I don't understand why people are willing to vote for a candidate just because he says he'll bring "change." Hey, if change is what you want, well then you're gonna get it. America got change when the democrats took over congress in '05. Say what you want about George Bush, but, until then, our country's economy wasn't falling faster than Usain Bolt running the 100M. And don't take this the wrong way, because I'm not racist, but what would people say if I told them I voted for John McCain just because he's white. Hmmm...this country bleeds with hypocrisy.
And to top it all off, if people don't vote for Obama just because he's black, then they're voting because he wants to "spread the wealth." I'm sorry, but that's not America - that's socialism. Take from the rich, give to the poor...bite me. It's more like steal from those who have worked their butts off (otherwise known as Americans) and give to the ones too lazy to work, expecting everyone else to take care of them (otherwise known as worthless citizens, undeserving of living in this great nation).
Yes, I do believe Obama is a decent man, a great speaker, and a great leader. But, that doesn't mean he's qualified to be president. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
***I'm sure some people will disagree with me, and that's fine. But if you want to gripe about my opinion then at least have the decency to state who you are, instead of that sissy "anonymous" junk.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's my last few weeks...I went to the doc to figure out why I've been having terrible headaches every day for months. He tells me I need to have an MRI - so I do. Meanwhile, I also go to get my eyes checked for the first time in 3 years - I'm told that I need reading glasses. Then I get my MRI results back and find that I have some type of cyst in my sinus cavity, that will most likely need to be surgically removed, and am referred to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist). After I go to the ENT and have that situation taken care of, if my headaches don't stop, I'll be sent to a neurologist. Then, the afternoon of finding out that I have a cyst in my cystem (haha), I leave for our Fall Retreat with the youth group, where I play tackle football and some "star-tripping" game where I crash to the ground and black out (it was kinda cool, though).
All that said...I shouldn't be experiencing all this at 26! I've already passed 8 kidney stones and had an operation to take care of another 2. I have a bad back, bad headaches, and bags under my eyes. All I can say is...my poor wife. She's got a lot to deal with!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
For those of you who don't know, I have a nephew who had his first birthday just a couple months ago. Cale, Annika, & AJ live in Killeen, TX which is about 6 hours from here. Sure, I don't like that my brother and sister-in-law are that far away, but the worst part is that we don't get to see AJ very often.
The most amazing thing is how much he grows so quickly. Hopefully we'll be seeing them all soon, with Thanksgiving approaching. Here's a couple more pics...
It's hard to believe that Vanessa and I will have a young one in just a few months. It's time to get to work on the baby room. I'm gonna have to paint some time this week so we can begin getting furniture and all that good stuff. I'll try to keep you up to date on how that goes.
Vanessa registered Friday at Babies "R" Us, which really was a sign that it's getting close! I'm not gonna lie to ya...I'm gettin a little nervous!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
If any of you know someone looking to buy a truck, please pass this information on or have them contact me. It is a 1997 Ford F-150 with 115,000 miles. It is 4-wheel drive with a 4.6 litre V8 engine that runs great. It's equipped with off-road tires in great condition and with a lot of tread, keyless entry, alarm, tinted windows, upgraded stereo with single cd player, sliding rear window, power windows, power locks, cruise controle, tilt, dual air bags, a bed mat, and the towing package. It is the perfect "guy truck." I'm asking $5,000 OBO. I really would like for someone to just make me a reasonable offer so I can get rid of it as quickly as possible. Here are some pictures:
Friday, September 12, 2008
I don't really know what to say. Sometimes I catch myself starting to tear up when I think about being a daddy and having a son of my own, but then I catch myself picturing his life and our life together as a family. It's so weird to think about what he might look like, what type of personality he'll have, how he'll react to my crazy family, what things he'll like to do.
All I know is that a child is a gift from God (although it's difficult for me to believe that my parents at one point considered me a gift). I won't take it for granted. Pray for Vanessa and I, and for our son, that God will watch over our family as we grow together.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Everything else is going well. Next Tuesday morning Vanessa and I will find out if we're having a boy, a girl, or maybe even a girl that I can raise to be a boy (just kidding - that's wrong). Honestly, Vanessa and I just want a healthy baby, but I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that I wouldn't rather have another Bryant boy.
Well, that's all for now. Soon I will be sharing with you my thoughts on the presidential election. Have a good weekend.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
- June 1st-6th Quartz Mountain Camp Session
- June 29th-July 2nd Junior/Senior Trip to Dallas
- July 6th Lock-In
- July 7th-11th Vacation Bible School Preparation
- July 10th Six Flags Trip
- July 13th-16th Vacation Bible School
- July 20th-26th Lariat Creek Camp Senior Session
- July 27th-31st New Orleans Mission Trip
- August 5th Illinois River Float Trip
That was my summer! Obviously that doesn't include the little Sunday to Sunday stuff when we're in town. But, as you can see, it's been go, go, go. I'm excited for what comes now...sit, sit, sit.
Come on, football! I'm ready. Oh yeah...all you tools in Fantasy Football are going down!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Just wanted to let everyone know that you need to watch Dateline NBC tomorrow night (Monday, July 14th) at 9pm (central time). Believe it or not, my family will be on there. We filmed it about 3 or 4 months ago. Gail (her real first name is Eilene, but we know her as Gail), my mom's cousin who has always been like an aunt to us and a sister to my mom, lost her mother in a car accident about 20 years ago. She didn't know it, but her mom had a lot of money in a bank account in South Carolina. Since Gail was the only beneficiary the money is rightfully hers...she just never knew about it. That's the reader's digest version. Watch or record the show tomorrow night...it should be pretty cool.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Tomorrow we begin VBS prep. It will be a busy week. We go to Six Flags Thursday.
That's my life for now...
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Although we just got home yesterday from vacation, Vanessa and I leave tomorrow morning immediately after church services to go to Dallas for 4 days. We're taking 8 high school juniors, seniors, and graduates for a mission/fun trip. I plan to update the blog each night with highlights from the days' activities.
Pray for us as we travel. One plus is that we won't have to worry about any flight cancellations since we're driving. Check back tomorrow night.
Friday, June 27, 2008
In the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with what I missed the most while away:
- Good toilet paper
- Our bed/couch
- Quality sleep
- Habla Ingles
- Taco Bell
- Non-Fine Dining food
- Water from the faucet
- Real Coca-Cola
There's probably more that I've forgotten, but that's not a bad list.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
To make matters worse, once we heard the announcement that our flight had been cancelled, Vanessa and I were one of the first passengers at the desk to book a flight for Friday. We were told we would be put on an American Airlines flight at 9am. Then after 45 minutes of waiting (at the front of the line) and being told that we could leave at 9am tomorrow, we were told that we would have to go back downstairs to collect our luggage and book our flights there.
Here comes the good part. Since we were the first in line upstairs that meant we were one of the last in line downstairs. When we finally approached the ticket counter we were told that we could fly out of Puerto Vallarta on Friday at 4:54pm and arrive in OKC after midnight. Needless to say, I was furious...I told the lady that she was crazy, seeing as how she was the one upstairs who told us (before everyone else) that we could have a 9am flight. After insisting that there was no other alternative, she came back and said, "Well, I checked again and now it seems we can get you out at 1:45pm Friday." Again, I told her she was crazy since that wouldn't put us in OKC until at least 10 o'clock Friday night. After much arguing and complaining (I had to switch my bracelet at least a dozen times - but I didn't care), she told us we could fly to Guatalajara (a city of 7 million people - still in Mexico) tonight and fly out at 6:20am Friday morning, putting us in OKC around noon. Given the circumstances, I was quite satisfied and proud of myself for defying the lying Continental employees who had earlier stated that there were no other alternatives.
After getting this all sorted out, we still had several hours of waiting to do. My mood was lightened drastically when I made a new friend - Sam Adams. No, seriously...his real name is SAMUEL ADAMS! We made fun out of the situation as you can see in the picture below. It gave us a good laugh - Vanessa didn't even get on to us when we decided to play around in the wheelchairs.
Me & my "beer" buddy...
Anyway, it's now it's after midnight (Friday morning) and we're in a hotel in Guatalajara (a very nice one I might add - free to us), 12 hours after arriving at the airport and 3 hours past the time we were supposed to be back in OKC. We have to wake up in about 3 1/2 hours and I can't sleep. It could be worse, though...we could still be in Puerto Vallarta.Since we've had an extended day, I thought I'd give you a treat. A bonus "Random Mexican of the Day." This one's good...
Hopefully, the next time you read a blog post from me it will be written from my couch or my office, speaking of how pleasantly event free our Friday trip home was - we'll see.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We awoke this morning at about 8 o'clock to the sight of a huge Carnival Cruiseship making its way into the marina about 1/4 mile from our resort. It's amazing how massive these things are. It was a pretty cool sight to see.
We then went for one final round of golf - again at Marina Vallarta. But, this time Vanessa was with me, unlike Sunday when I played alone. I warned her ahead of time, but it was still pretty funny to watch my paranoid wife keep her distance from the native crocodiles of the course. Although she was a bit uptight, Vanessa was able to get a couple of good pictures.
Again, we enjoyed the amazing scenery of this course located right on the ocean. For a second I felt almost like I was on the PGA Tour playing at Pebble Beach or something...but then I hit my tee shot on the par 3 that's nearest the ocean and was bluntly reminded that I'm horrible. Oh well...
Unfortunately, I started feeling sick to my stomach yesterday evening and it progressively got worse throughout last night and today. So, after golf I retired to the room for a bit while Vanessa got a facial and a pedicure at the spa. We had a great dinner and went to a show, now it's bedtime.
We're going to go back downtown tomorrow to get a couple of things from the flea market. We'll leave the resort to head to the airport at around 3 o'clock and, hopefully, be back in OKC around 11 o'clock tomorrow night. Keep us in your prayers as we travel. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have enjoyed such a great vacation for the last week, but we are looking forward to being able to sleep comfortably in our own bed.
Although this will be our final "Random Mexican of the Day," there will be some more photos to come when we get home (will be posted either Thursday night or Friday morning).
Only one full day left...we're running out of time here. We've been having some problems with a really slow internet connection, so hopefully I'll be able to update again tomorrow. Peace out...
Monday, June 23, 2008
After our round of golf, we went for a swim and took a short nap. Since we've been drinking more than our share of bottled water provided by the resort, we caught a cab after dinner and visited the local Wal-Mart (mom would be so proud!). It was a very successful trip, especially because it resulted in a successful "Random Mexican of the Day" picture:
We're pretty much exhausted now, so we're going to hit the sack (even though it did nothing to us) and look forward to tomorrow. Tomorrow after brunch we're going to a water park. It should be lots of fun. Another update tomorrow evening...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Vanessa hates it when I mess up pictures...
I can't believe our trip is almost halfway over. We're having a great time. Sorry I post these so late, but I want to get all the updates in for each day and we don't get back to our room from our evening activities until around 10:30 normally.
Hope all of you back home are doing well. We miss everyone, but would rather be here for a few more days...sorry!
Another beautiful hole...
My favorite shot - a caddy cleaning my clubs...
At this very moment, Vanessa is at the spa getting a massage. It's amazing how much we're getting to do this week for so cheap. Just about everything is included in the all-inclusive plan, and what isn't included is dirt cheap. I'm hoping Vanessa comes back relaxed, refreshed, and ready for a dip in the pool. I know I am!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Me & the quietest woman in the world...
After our time downtown and at the flea market, we attempted to take a nap, but ended up swimming in the pool. What started as a very cloudy and windy day ended up being clear and sunny - perfect. We ate some great shrimp for dinner and went to a Disney show at the resort's nightly activity facility.
We're having a blast and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I get to play golf at a course that's been around since the late 1800's. It's located near the marina, right on the ocean. It should be interesting since I'm a horrible golfer and this will probably be the nicest course I've ever played.
Vanessa just gave me a great idea. I will now leave you with a picture. This is the first edition of "Random Mexican of the Day."