I rolled out of bed this morning and hit the floor. Time to stretch. As I groggily willed my body to move this way and that, I scrolled through my twitter feed. It was then that I noticed that there had been another shooting in Colorado.

Who is your compass?

The details of this mass theater shooting have been slowly trickling in all day. The shooter was an educated man, studying for a P.h.D. in neuroscience. The very image that simple fact conjures is not of someone hellbent on destruction but of someone with intelligence; someone who would know better.

No matter our title or station in life, we are all capable of carrying out terrible acts of violence against our fellow man. To think we are somehow above what suspect James Holmes did is to deny what we are, human.

As a Christian, I know that Christ calls me above the fray, to fight against this inner darkness. Christ is my compass.

I am not sure of what to make of today’s shooting other than to chalk it up to living in an imperfect world. Dr. Mohler wrote a post that discusses the need for answers in a time like this. I highly suggest checking it out.

Enter the Slime


Went out and bought Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime last night. A total bargain at $5 via Gamestop. In the 40-something minutes I’ve spent with the game, I have:

  • witnessed the destruction of a nation by Perry the Platypus look-alikes
  • recruited many, many slimes (with many, many more still to go)
  • enjoyed the Dragon Quest-lite atmosphere and gameplay

I‘m looking forward to playing more soon.

Have you played Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime? What did you think of it?

A Quick Update – 7/17/12


Lately I’ve been dabbling in smaller handheld games such as DragonVale (iOS), Pocket Planes (iOS), and the Nintendogs demo on the 3DS (my son loves it!). I haven’t walked away from bigger games completely per se, I’ve just noticed that I tend to get sucked in/ consumed by them. 30 hours later I find myself waking up to realize that my family has been neglected for a month. This is not the type of husband or father I am aspiring to be. After much thought, some prayer, and time, I’ve decided to make some changes in an effort to control my gaming appetite. So far, so good.

Verses of the Day: 2 Timothy 3:1-7


But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

– 2 Timothy 3:1-7 (NIV)

Weekend Trip: Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park


This past Saturday (6/30), one of my good friends was visiting his inlaws in Dallas. So, I loaded up the family and met up with him for lunch at the Twisted Root Burger Company (hadn’t seen him in 5 years!). Lunch was fantastic! The food was great and I really enjoyed getting to visit with Andy and having the opportunity to meet his wife for the second time.

After lunch, we said goodbye to Andy and his wife and headed on over to Fair Park. After an almost 2 and a half hour drive from Longview, I figured we’d stretch our legs a bit and visit the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

Who knew there was a Hall street in Dallas? I didn’t.

The Texas Star Ferris wheel. The largest Ferris wheel in North America, of course.

A fountain in Fair Park was apparently calling my son’s name. Thankfully, he did not heed that call. Not that I would have blamed him with the 100 degree heat.

All of the aquarium’s displays were at toddler level. This meant my son could engage the aquatic life on his own terms.

This guy was pretty cool looking!

Whenever we’d go to any lake in Arizona or Nevada as a kid, my Dad would always joke about snapping turtles. Guess what, they do exist in Texas!


This Alligator Snapping Turtle had his own ecosystem on his back.


As you can tell, I loved this guy. Just check out those claws!

I end with a symbiotic relationship that certainly must “suck”. Get it?

Overall, the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is a fun way to spend an hour or two. They also have an excellent sting ray pool where you can feed and pet the wondrous monsters as they glide by. I enjoyed putting my hands in the tank, barely moving them, and being swarmed by sting rays! I don’t remember the sting ray exhibit at Sea World ever being this good.