Disney Live! Winnie The Pooh

Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh on Stage offers audiences young and old an unforgettable live entertainment experience and a chance to see Winnie the Pooh like never before,” said Producer Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “When the audience walks in and sees the set before them, they will feel like they are walking right into the Hundred Acre Wood. For many children, this will be their first theatrical experience, which will set the bar for what they expect to see for the rest of their lives.”

Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh is coming to the Pensacola Civic Center on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 4:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now so get em while they last.

EDIT: It’s actually coming to the Mobile Civic Center Arena in Mobile, AL… sorry!

Larry the Cable Guy Coming To Pensacola

Tickets have gone on sale this morning (September 19, 2008) to see Larry the Cable Guy perform at the Pensacola Civic Center. My wife and I have seen both Ron White and Bill Engval (two of the other members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour) and they were absolutely hilarious. A friend of mine has seen Larry the Cable Guy live and said the same about him. So if you are into some good ole redneck humor and need a good laugh, go get your tickets now!

After all… laughter is the best medicine.

Michael Bublé In Concert

Ladies (and gentlemen possibly), Michael Bubl̩ is coming to concert at the Pensacola Civic Center Friday, October 17, 2008! Presale tickets are starting today (September 11, 2008) and cost in the range of $49.50 Р$79.50. Onsale to the general public begins tomorrow (September 12, 2008).

Who is Michael Bublé, you ask? He is a Canadian big bad singer born September 9, 1975 (he’s the same age as I am!) who has won several awards including a Grammy and multiple Juno Awards. His success in the United States came about with his 2005 album, It’s Time.

85 Degrees, A/C Failures and Bad Moods

Last night (Monday, September 8, 2008) our home group met after a long break for the summer. It was an absolutely awesome time of fellowship. However, that’s not what I’m going to talk about. This story starts when we finally arrived back at home around 9:30 PM. I unlocked the front door and walked in, immediately noticing that the air inside was hot, humid and smelled of burning electronics. Yikes!

As Aubrey was getting all of our stuff and the baby in (she’s not really a baby anymore) I dropped my things and headed to the thermostat. 85° F was the readout, and the A/C was running. I grabbed a flash light and headed out the back door to check the outside unit. Ah, there’s the problem. The thing wasn’t running at all and it was scorching hot to the touch. That also seemed to be the source of the slight burning smell. Back inside where Aubrey was exclaiming to me, “It’s hot in here!”

Now I’m obviously extremely irritated by this point because I’m already dripping sweat, I don’t know what is wrong with our A/C unit and I’m trying to convey what little I know to Aubrey. Meanwhile Ragan is interested in what is going on too, so she’s hovering and watching me intently, which apparently set me off like an adolescent. So I yelled at her and shoed her out of the room. Later on I reminesced about being a kid and fussing, “she’s looking at me! Stop looking at me!” Apparently there’s still some child left over in me.

I called my brother-in-law, who is quite handy and used to work for an air and heating supply company. He couldn’t come up with anything that really made a difference and said that it was probably a bad capacitor, which would require a new part. Great! Aubrey called the realty company (we rent) and their emergency line greeting message was something like, “Hey, this is Dawn. Leave a message.” Huh? She called back again after double-checking the number and left a message with that line and the main realtors line. Looks like it’ll be tomorrow before anything gets fixed.

We got all two fans we have in the house and put one in Ragan and Gavin’s room and one in Avery’s room. Our ceiling fan is the best in the house so it puts out pretty good airflow. I took some time with Ragan to apologize for my earlier behavior and to hug her; she’s my first little girl after all and I hate it when I lose my temper. After much complaining, moaning, groaning and gnashing of teeth we got the kids all tucked warmly in bed. Aubrey and I were up for a little while longer and then off to bed ourselves for a humid, overly warm nights un-rest. Things will be better in the morning, I kept telling myself as I drifted off.

The next day (today) the A/C repairmen were extremely responsive and got on-site quickly. Turns out it was that blown capacitor after all. They patched it up in no time and performed some other maintenance tasks then went about their merry way. Well, it wasn’t really merry… more sweaty and forced friendly, but I’m not complaining. Anyway, thank you Jesus that the air conditioner is fixed!

Teach Children Math Using Video Games

As we all know from our own personal childhoods, either you “get” and love math or you don’t. If your child is not enthusiastic about learning math, and even if they are, then this company has come up with a great tool which motivates kids to learn math without even knowing it!

Teach Children Math

Big Brainz, Inc. has created a PC video game called Timez Attack, an extremely submersive role playing game (RPG) that forces your child to use their math skills in order to advance in the game. The game follows a little green guy through dungeons and high tech looking areas where he encounters multiple obstacles including locked doors, strange mechanicle devices, dragons and ogres. In order to get around these obstacles the child is given simple math problems and must respond correctly in the given amount of time or they cannot continue. Our oldest two children have sat in front of the game and they are really excited about playing. Not only that, but they are working on their math reflexes and having fun at the same time!

There is a FREE Version that you can play from the 2s through 12s (multiplication). The Full Home Version is available for only $39.99.

Here are few screenshots of the game:

The Human Race (10K Run)

So yesterday I met a goal that I had made for myself of running a 10k. The race that I participated in was sponsored by Nike and was titled The Human Race. This was because it took place all over the world and you did not necessarily have to be at a particular location. How is this possible?

The Human Race

The Human Race sponsored by Nike was a 10k race that took place in major cities around the world such as Chicago, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Munich, New York City, Paris, Portland, Seoul, Singapore, Vancouver. It ALSO took place… wherever you happen to live! That’s right. Nike created a sensor that they named Nike+ which goes into special Nike shoes (or you can get a pouch for non-Nike shoes) and it records your running for you including distance, time, pace and calories burned. So to participate all I had to do was run a 10k on my usual training route and then sync my Nike+ data up to the servers by a set deadline. Pretty awesome.

Why the Human Race? Well, this 10k run was also a fund raiser. Nike pledged to give a certain amount of money to three different charities for each runner who participated. So not only was I meeting a personal goal, but I was helping to support a good cause.

Setting Goals

Well, how did I come about running in this race? I was working on running for several months back and then I saw the advertisements on the Nike site for the Human Race. Back then I was running around 2 miles and so a 10k (about 6.2 miles) was a pretty big stretch. Especially considering that it was the middle of July and I only had a month and a half to train. So what’s the worse that could happen? I can’t run it… big deal.

So I setup a training schedule on my Nike+ profile, set my sights and got to work. Here is a screenshot of my training runs leading up to The Human Race.

Race Day!

Well, “how did I do” you might be wondering? Firstly I’d like to say that I did it! That’s right, my main goal was to just complete the run which I did. After church and a quick lunch we went home and I started preparing for the run. Of course Hurricane Gustav brought the weather. I thought it was going to poor down rain on me so I went ahead and ran a bit sooner than I’d hoped, but it turns out that it was just slightly windy and completely overcast… perfect! The run was a bit different than being with an actual group of people running a race; I was less inclined to “push the pace” and instead just settled into my usual pace. You can see a graph of my run here.

So as you can see I ran the 10k in 1 hour 6 minutes and 51 seconds, which amounts to about 10 minutes and 45 seconds per mile. Yeah, I’m not setting any world records here but I did make the distance. Here is a screenshot of the run details.

And finally here is my placement within The Human Race Nike+ runners as of the time of this writing (they are accepting data through Sept 3, 2008). Yeah, I’m down close 18,000th place; I think there were some folks in crutches that did better – lol. If you click the image below you’ll see more results including the top 10 runners… their run times make me sick to my stomach!

So What’s Next?

Is this the end of the line for my running? Far from it! This was initially just a stepping stone on my way to the Pensacola Double Bridge Run which is a 15k run in February (2009). I’m still pumped about running that race, but I’ve also seen some races a little closer including another 10k and some 5ks. I think that I’m going to get right back on my training and start working on my pace. Hopefully I can start coming in to the finish line a bit faster than the tortoise… of course slow and steady DID win the race!

Well, thanks for reading and thank you to everyone who encouraged me in my efforts!