Switchfoot and the Art of the Bridge

Switchfoot Bridges
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a love for the band Switchfoot. Their music, the interaction they have with the fans, the words that Jon Foreman writes, the whole enchilada. I became a fan when the album "The Beautiful Letdown" was in stores, so that would make it about 2003 or so, and since then I have purchased every album they put out, as well as any solo project that Jon has produced. I have seen them in concert several times and love every moment that I'm there. Their song lyrics are honest and they hit home with the realities of life. It is no stretch for me to say that "Hello Hurricane" was an album that helped ground me during the most difficult time of my entire…
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Buh-Bye YouTube Red. Facebook is on notice.

Airing of Grievances, Life
I've been a YouTube Red subscriber for years now. Ad-free videos, YouTube original content (which were pretty lame, to be honest), YouTube Music, and so on. It cost a little something each month, but in exchange, I had a wealth of information and entertainment in front of me. I could learn about sports, a diverse range of political ideas, woodworking tips, sermons, product reviews, marksmanship concepts, apologetics, concerts, cooking and more. YouTube has been established as the dominant medium of informational video on the Internet. My $9.99 a month was given in exchange for a world of uninterrupted content. But that world is just not worth it any longer. YouTube has been constricting certain viewpoints that don't march in lockstep with the social engineers of Google. This goes for thoughtful…
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Trying out wine for the first time

Life
Dayna has expressed an interest in trying out wine. Since I have VERY limited knowledge of wine, we discussed it and decided to try some red wines. I love shopping at Trader Joe's, their Kenya coffee is the bomb, and they also have a decent (I think) wine assortment. Most notably, they have Three Buck Chuck. So if we don't like a wine, we're not out too much money. I did some investigative research, which means I Googled it, and the top wines in that category I purchased were Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. $6 for two bottles. We'd have a few evenings of wine tasting, probably with chocolate or cheese or something like that. We would feel sophisticated and romantic. We'd find out what the big deal is! Except for…
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NFL Playoff Predictions: Wild Card Round

Life
Welcome to the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs, the one week where the home stadium is a true advantage, with the home teams historically winning 75% of the time. With that in mind, here are my predictions. Titans at Chiefs I live in Iowa, where you only see the Titans on television if they are playing the Vikings or Packers. Or if they are playing on a Monday or Thursday night. And that's assuming that I don't have something more important to do, which is likely because the Titans haven't impressed me since... Look for the Chiefs to take this game by at least a touchdown. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking and Alex Smith with complete a pass that travels more than 10 yards in the air. Yeah,…
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What Happened Last Night? #alpolitics

Life
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A24Q0IXy5zw Both parties have their lemmings. Those are the people who will vote for your candidate based solely on the R of the D after their name. Nothing, literally nothing, will persuade them otherwise. They are dyed in the wool red or blue. You probably know someone like this. Heck, you very well might be someone like this. Each voting district has it's own makeup of lemmings. Most have a greater concentration of one color or another. The colors I refer to are red and blue, so back off SJW's! This preexisting advantage toward one outcome or another determines red states and blue states, red voting districts and blue voting districts. Historically, the strategy to win an election is to energize your base so they will appear at the polls,…
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The real reason Colin Kaepernick is still not on a team

Sports. Mostly Football.
It's actually quite simple. Some people say that the sporting competition is all that matters. Some say that the end product is more than just the 60 minutes of playing time in an NFL game. So many sports entertainment outlets are looking at what the players do as a sport, with the goal being to win games. The decision makers (Owners, Commissioner, etc) ultimately look at the NFL not as sport, but as a product. When the financial backers, whether they be the fans or the sponsors, sour on the product, non-sports decisions are made. And these decisions may adversely affect the outcome of games, but the product is what is truly being protected. Is Colin Kaepernick good enough to start in today's NFL? Yes. Is he a lightning rod of…
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