The Cubs and Time

With baseball season just around the corner, Scot McKnight has posted 20 things that have happened since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.  Among them:

1. Radio was invented; Cub fans got to hear their team lose.

2. TV was invented; Cub fans got to see their team lose.

3. Baseball added 14 teams; Cub fans got to see AND hear their

team lose to more teams.

4. George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th,

70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.

5. Haley’s Comet passed Earth . . . twice.

Click here to see the other 15.  And don’t lose hope; this could be the year!

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Where I Ride When I Ride

I’ve been a serious cyclist for about 7 years now, and where we live is such a great place to ride.  There’s nothing like being out in the middle of nowhere on a bike, being able to see miles in every direction and the wide open Texas sky above you.  These are a few pics I took a couple of weeks ago while out for a short ride.

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This is the house used in the movie “Second Hand Lions”, with Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment.

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Another view of the house; they modified it for the movie, to make it look like an old, run-down farmhouse.  It sits about 5 miles from where we live.

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This is the Cele Store, one of the best barbeque places in the area.  It was used for a couple of scenes in the movie; I understand it was also used in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, but I never saw that.  It is also about 5 miles from our house.

Hooked All Over Again

It happens every year, usually earlier than this, but the same scenario nonetheless: my first time back out on my bike. By God’s gracious provision, I was able to get my road bike tuned up in a real bike shop by a real “wrench”, and I just got back in from the first ride of the year. And even though it’s been months since I rode, and I only went 15 miles, and it wasn’t really pretty to watch (not that anyone was), I fell in love with cycling all over again; in fact, it happens every time I go out. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it.

You don’t have to spend a fortune; just start with a good used bike that fits you and is in reasonable shape. There are plenty of places online to learn the basics for free. Not only is it good exercise, but it provides great uninterrupted time for praying and fellowship with God, as you enjoy the beauty of a country road and the rolling hills of Texas (or wherever you happen to live).