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Mansfield, Texas, United States
Mr. E is a Christian, Husband, Father of 2, former Army Officer and Texas Rangers Baseball fan.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Movie of My Life

Found this on the blog of Big Doofus and thought it would be fun to try it. Here goes!

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

Here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing (don't skip to a song you think would be better)
5. When you go to a new movie scene, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...
7. Include commentary

Opening Credits -- "In Christ Alone" by The Newsboys -- This a great song that really sums up how I want to live my life. Since my soundtrack and my real life revolves around my relationship with Jesus, it is more than fitting that this is the opening song.

Waking Up -- "The Wallace and Gromit Theme Song" by Julian Nott -- How strange that the theme of an animated/claymation show should show up here. This song is kind of catchy and corny, which I guess could describe my morning routine when I wake up, especially when I was a kid, except I had a cat and not a dog.

First Day at School -- "Today has been, OK" by Guiliann Torrini -- This song has appeared on the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack. I think it fits my first day of school. I thought it would be horrible, but it turned out OK anyway. It's a relaxing sound to it, which fits after a tough first day at school.

Falling in Love -- "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt -- A great song to fit an unhealthy love relationship. My "first love" was a crush I had on a girl named Lisa in first grade. I kept this strange crush until after High School. I really didn't know what I would do if I couldn't eventually marry her. I'm glad I didn't though. At least I didn't jump off a bridge as James Blunt did in his music video.

Fight Song -- "The Indiana Jones Theme" from Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams -- I wasn't sure if this was the school fight song or a song about a fight; either way the song seems to fit the theme. Swashbuckling hero who saves the day. Sadly I was the one who was getting picked on a lot and I could only dream of being Indiana Jones.

Breaking Up -- "Haunted" by Evanescence -- Sadly in real life I didn't have many girlfriends to break up with; however, if I did, this song would fit perfectly. It is "haunting" in the sound of the song and it is a great relationship song as well.

The Prom -- "Dancing With Myself" by Bill Idol -- This song fits on so many levels. # 1. It is a great 80's song, which fits the time frame of my prom. # 2. I was such a nerd, spent several dances at my Senior Prom, dancing with myself. : (

Life's Ok -- "There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney -- Not sure why this song popped up here, maybe it is because I found my "true love" at this point in my life (in the movie), even though I really didn't find her until near the end of college. Cool song though! It alone would fit almost any one's life story.

Mental Breakdown -- "Feel Good, Inc." by The Gorillaz -- Good song, Good beat, Easy to Dance To. This song is from a very strange group of animated monkey guys...It fits perfectly with a mental episode I might be having at any given moment. I would probably be bustin' out in some random dance moves during this mental breakdown though.

Driving Away -- "Chains of Love" by Erasure -- "Together we'll break these chains of love." Not my first choice for a driving song, but if me and my "love" are running off together after having a mental breakdown, it might work. It does have a nice 80's alternative sound to it.

Flashback -- "It Is You" by The Newsboys -- This is the second appearance of the Newsboys on the soundtrack. Good song to flashback to the moments in my life when Jesus was there for me and I was to busy looking somewhere else for my happiness. It is also a good song to refocus your life to.

Getting Back -- "When She Cries" by Restless Heart -- perfect fit for a song about realizing how your actions can cause pain for someone you love and how you want to get back to them and make things right. Great crossover country hit from the late 80's.

Wedding -- "Incomplete" by the Backstreet Boys -- ??? You would think a song at a wedding would be about completeness and becoming one, but then again isn't this song saying that without you I would be incomplete? Yeah, the song fits in a weird sort of way, but the Backstreet Boys...Ahhhh!

Birth of a Child -- "Dreamtime" by Daryl Hall -- I have racked my brains trying to figure out how a "you are living in fantasy relationship" song by one of the members of the 80's group Hall & Oates, fits into this part of my life. If I went by the title alone, then the song would fit. Having a child does tend to wake one up from a "All is perfect" fantasy life to the often difficult realities of being a parent.

Final Battle -- "Get on Your Feet" by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine -- Interesting and upbeat song for a "final battle" but who says conflict resolution is always a difficult fight or sad time. I like the fact my final battle ends with a song about getting on your feet and making things happen, with a little bit of dancing to go along with it.

Death Scene -- "Say, Say, Say!" by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson -- You can "Say, Say, Say what you want" about me when I am dying, I won't care one bit. I know what Jesus says about me is the only thing that counts. I can imagine me watching a 80's flashback on MTV when this video comes on, and then I quietly "pass on" sipping on a Dr. Pepper, while sitting in my blue Lazy-Boy.

Funeral Song -- "Every Breath You Take" by the Police -- How funny this song is talking about breathing when I am no longer breathing. I guess it is referring to the people at my funeral and how "I'll be watching you" even after I am gone.

End Credits -- "For the Sake of the Call" by Stephen Curtis Chapman -- probably could have switched this song with the opening credits. Maybe my life will inspire others to "Abandon it all, for the sake of the call" of Jesus. It has a great musical piece at the start of the song, that fits how end credits normally run, before starting the inspiring song.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Job Possibility & Other Stuff.

Today I found out that the High School in the school district my children attend has a Social Studies teacher position open. I quickly called to verify that the district had my current application and resume and then I e-mailed my resume and a nice cover letter to the Principal. Pray that I at least get an interview. It would be great to work on the same schedule as my kids.

I am so looking forward to the Texas Rangers baseball game on July 12th. I haven't been to a game all year and I am itching for some live baseball. I hope to see several Rangers who have made the All-Star team this year. Some of our Rangers deserve to be on the team.

Our home-based business Four English Peas Travel is slowly picking up a few clients. The recent rise in gas prices may be affecting the number of people who plan to travel this year. All the same if you plan on going on a vacation or planning on doing any traveling, check out our site. The prices you find are comparable or better than the leading other travel based sites, which I won't mention by name.

I also have created a Facebook account for anyone who cares to view it. It is sort of like a blog, but not.

I plan on doing the "If Your Life Was a Movie" blog about the music soundtrack sometime soon. Just haven't had a lot of free time at home recently.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Everyone is Home!

The entire family is finally back at home. We all arrived home yesterday safe, sound, and healthy. The kids had a great time at summer camps in Abilene. My dad had fun watching Schnitzel and Scout. Jamie and I are just tired of driving.

Scout is finally starting to eat some solid foods. It is the softer foods but at least it is finally eating on its own. Schnitzel has finally accepted Scout and even "plays" with the kitten when nobody is looking.

Caleb and Rachel are already asking, "When can we go to a water park?" and they already looking forward to "Camp Susie", at which they will spend a week with my wife's sister and her family, the second week of July. I personally am looking forward to the Texas Rangers baseball game on July 12.

I need to mow the yard this evening. My yard has turned into a mini-jungle after being gone for two weekends and being lazy last week. I need the exercise though; I put on abt. 4 pounds over the past 4 days.