Archive for August 2006

Bank Fees

August 31, 2006

Sold our van yesterday. The guy who bought it had the money wired into my account before picking it up. Very smooth transaction. Then today I’m checking out my account on-line when I notice a “miscellaneous fee” of $15. Now, before I tell the rest of the story, realize I’ve had no quams with my bank. I bank at Wachovia and so far, they’ve been excellent. Great customer service and an ATM every 2 feet.

So I call up cust serv and get a rep on the phone. The guy explains to me that with all “domestic wires” occurring between Wachovia and another banking institution, a $15 wire fee will be charged. Baffled, I asked for further explanation, saying, “You mean to tell me that when someone wants to put money in MY account…I sold the vehicle, I am the one RECEIVING money, not transferring it out…I have to pay a fee?!?! Are you kidding me?!?!”

Long story short, Wachovia refunded me the fifteen bucks…not because it wasn’t a legitimate fee…but b/c the day of the sale I had spoken with someone at a local branch and they “failed to inform” me of the fee.

I’m not going to jump on the hate Wachovia train, but dude, that’s absurd. A guy I work with passionately calls Wachovia – “Walk All Over You”.


August 28, 2006

definition: a person or thing that energizes

Attention all high school / college kids. I have some relieving news for you. You can now stop over-thinking what you will do with the rest of your life. The systems we have in place often do not help you with career decisions. In fact, they almost always complicate the matter. Hey, take all the “field placement” or “career path” tests you want, knock yourself out. Attend every seminar and listen to every boring speaker that comes to your gymnasium or campus. I guess they couldn’t hurt.

Or, wrap your mind around one simple question. One question that can help guide you in making those tough decisions. What energizes you?

That’s right, it’s that simple. What event/activity/cause energizes you? What thing is it that when you do this one thing you are: a. good at it, b. love it, and c. it turns you into a 2 yr old who’s had 5 bowls of sugary cereal!! Now, don’t fret if you are still clueless about your passions in life. That’ll come soon enough. If nothing else, college is great for that. To me, college was SOOOO much more than receiving a piece of paper (a.k.a. degree). Social skills and…well, just LIFE skills are often sharpened there. And personally for me, it’s the environment that God used to radically change my life – showing me what a relationship with Jesus is all about.

Ok, back to point. I was discussing this with a friend the other day. I had finished doing some ministry stuff — like talking to some people and preparing some stuff for a Sunday morning service — and it was the most hyper I had been all week. Why? Cause that is what energizes me! I couldn’t get enough of it.

I could go on forever, breaking this down…but just know this: Don’t overcomplicate it! What gives you energy? What is your energizer?

(i paid money for one of those career placement tests one time…it told me I was destined to be a bus driver.)

1 week away

August 26, 2006

"Meowing" Could Get You Arrested

August 24, 2006


Not sure who’s side to take…or if there even is a side. Funny funny story.

August 24, 2006

FuNnY pRanK in LiBRarY

Best start up sound I’ve ever heard.

Wrestling For Jesus

August 22, 2006


I have found my true calling. Oak Leaf Church, it’s been great working with you, but I must move on…the turnbuckles are calling me. All I need is my wrestling name. Any suggestions?

Religion? No Thanks.

August 21, 2006

HERE is Michael’s message from our Grand Opening service. Enjoy our state of the art, premium, enhanced recording device (last minute video camera setup).

Great great great message! It answers why even start another church…and also why Jesus came…and I believe it really hit home with those attending.