Sunday, June 28, 2009

How Old Do You Think I Am?

I’m not very good at guessing people’s ages. At the question, “How old do you think I am?” I run for cover. Faking hearing loss, I do my best to ignore it and change the subject immediately. I’ve insulted many a nice person by trying to guess their age and I’ve come to a point in my life where I’ve decided it’s just not worth it.

However, I’ve recently had a breakthrough on this issue. I noticed while at Starbucks, I’m able to accurately predict ages (within a year or two) by the drink the person orders. Here are my findings…

Organic Packaged Chocolate Milk – 2-5 years old. These customers are adept at drinking out of a straw but, even with a lid will spill anything that is in a real cup. They are too short to see over the counter, so they can only choose from the refrigerated case they must stand in front of while their parent orders coffee. They might not even like the chocolate milk, but they throw such a fit to get it, that they always do.

Hot Chocolate, extra whipped cream – 8-10 years old. Only a person in this age range could stand a hot chocolate with that much chocolate and no coffee. Parents order this for their children hoping it will keep them quiet and occupied while they sit and drink their coffee. It works for the moment, but has terrible side effects once the full dose of sugar hits the bloodstream (usually right at bedtime).

Venti (extra large) Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino with chocolate whipped cream – 13-15 years old. The drinkers of most Frappuccinos realize that they are more like a milkshake than a coffee drink, and it’s a good thing because these customers don’t even like coffee. In fact, if they accidentally got a drink that had more coffee in it than sugar, they couldn’t even drink it, no matter how un-cool they appeared to their friends.

Tall (small) 4-shot (quad) Breve (made with cream) – 22-25 years old. It can be assumed that anyone who orders a quad shot Breve is either a college student or a new parent. Nobody in any other stage of life can handle that much caffeine. It can also be noted that this age group is still young enough to eat and drink whatever they want without affecting their young figure.

Non-fat, Sugar-free, Decaf, Vanilla Latte – 35-39 years old. By this stage in life, these people have realized that the metabolism of approaching 40 and all the Quad Breves they’ve been drinking in past years has caught up with them. They’ve finally come to actually love coffee, but can’t drink any caffeine past two in the afternoon or they’re up all night.

Brewed Coffee – 60+ years old. “Frappa-what?? Just give me some coffee!”

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rookies Of The Year

Love at the five and "diamond"

Getting down to business

Nice form!

This looks like trouble...

"We take baseball very seriously!"

Ready For Action!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Delivery Day

Quest Aircraft Company was blessed by a visit from Franklin Graham as he took delivery of the first Kodiak airplane for his mission organization, Samaritan’s Purse. In a down-to-earth style, Mr. Graham greeted Quest employees and presented the gospel in a straight forward way that I’ve only witnessed by one other man in my life…his father Billy Graham.

Samaritan's Purse Airplane

Other mission organizations have come to pick up their aircraft in suits and ties, with powerful and fancy DVD presentations of their work. Then one of the chief pilots of the organization usually flies the plane away. I'm always blessed each time I watch these presentations and I'm reminded of why we do the work we do every day at Quest.

The Pastor, our son, & Franklin Graham

But this was a little different. Dressed in his Carhartt jeans, complete with buck knife sticking out of his pocket, Franklin stood armed with his bible and a microphone and did nothing more than share the gospel. He explained the good news of Christ to every employee in that airplane hangar. He told them they were sinners, reassured them that God loved them, and led everyone in a salvation prayer. …Then he climbed into the left seat (pilot in command) of his plane and flew away.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Proved My Point

OK, I can't stand looking at it any longer....the misspelled header is coming down. Thanks to all who left comments on the last post. Next time, let me know when my zipper is down!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

My Zipper is Down!

"Wounds from a friend can be trusted."
Proverbs 27:6

I know I can always count on my friends to tell me the truth, even if it hurts. I expect that, even if it might be a little embarrassing, they will alert me to those things in life which would be more embarrassing if they didn't point them out. "Hey, Cari, you have a big, green schmutz in your front teeth." "Hey, Cari, you have a booger in your nose." "Hey, Cari, your hair is sticking straight up in the back." These are all things I would trust my friends to tell me, rather than letting me walk around not knowing.

I have to say, I'm a little disappointed. I've been walking around with my proverbial zipper down for quite some time now and either you haven't noticed or you've been too polite to tell me. I hope it's the first one, but I fear it's the second. I know that many of you receive Married To The Pastor via email, so you don't post that many comments on the blog, but I really need to hear from you on this one. I need an honest show of hands (comments) to know how many of you knew the word "Coffee" was spelled wrong in the header of my Blog! Of all the words for me to misspell....yeesh.

I've recently been at a writers conference and submitting various articles, etc.. where I've been telling editors, publishers, and other writers to check out my blog, only to have my nephew casually mention the other day. "Ha, spelled coffee wrong!"

Really people! Come me out here! Thankfully, my writer-friend, Dawn, came straight out and told me I misspelled "Therapeutic". Come to think of it, you better let me know if you saw that one, too.

I'm leaving the misspellings in the heading for a couple more days as proof just in case, like me, you look at it every time you log into this blog and never noticed it. If that's the case, you should pay closer least one of us should.


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