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This Week

Big Bird

I was at the Make-A-Wish office a few years ago fixing one of their computers and they asked me if I could find a home for Big Bird. They had used BB to grant a wish, but he/she (whatever Big Bird is) was a little scratched up and they couldn't use him again. So I said sure, I'll find him a  home. Well, it turns out that Big Bird is really BIG, life sized, as big as me. So I put him in the passenger seat, put his seat belt on and drove off looking to see if anybody noticed. It's hard to be manly when you're riding around with Big Bird. Kids point at you, women smile, then turn and laugh, guys just laugh. Of course everybody has something cute to say. The weird thing about it was that I couldn't stop talking to him. He's sitting there looking straight ahead, not saying a word and I get out of the truck and say "I'll be right back". It just makes you wonder about yourself. After riding around a while I quit trying. I was telling him everything. We laughed together, cried together, went bowling, it was a fun day. I was thinking I would rent him out to people who have those microphones hooked to their cell phones while they drive. You see them sitting in their car talking away, but there's nobody else in the car. I always want to get close to see if there's someone in the floor of the back seat. It's like watching someone sing on TV when you turn the sound off, they look kinda goofy. That way it would look like they were talking to BB. The other thing I was thinking is if they didn't have a cell phone and still talked like that, I could charge more and call it counseling.

We were giving 2 portable basketball goals to another church and we were trying figure out how to get them out to a truck. The goals weigh about 1000 pounds each. When they first started trying to move them, they thought it would be impossible, but there's a trick to it. You can take off the padding and unscrew 12 screws and lift off a heavy metal cover and find 600 pounds of concrete blocks. Take those out and it's a lot easier.

God's like that. He's not interested in how we look to other people. He's interested in us dropping all that stuff that weighs us down and doing the things he made us to do.  It's easy when he helps.

I think I'll go find Big Bird and have another session. He was starting to dig up parts of my childhood that I never knew, something about Captain Kangaroo.


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Ok so you screwed up and forgot about Valentine's Day!!! .. And right now you have no reservations, no flowers, nothing! How do you recover? Steak! .. Anybody can cook a steak, even you … You can come out looking like Don Juan.. Here's what you do:

Shopping list:

2 Small Baking Potatoes

1 2-inch thick bone-in Ribeye steak … If you can't get bone-in, don't worry about it.. the big deal is 2 inches thick.

Be sure you have a meat thermometer. If not, buy one.. about a $2 at the grocery store.

A bag of salad/small leaf lettuce

Salad dressing - oil and vinegar type .. not Italian, no garlic

2 bananas


Vanilla Ice Cream .. the expensive kind

1 rose, or if they are all gone, 1 flower of some kind.


When you get home put the flower in a vase, large glass with some water.

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Wash your potatoes. Poke holes in them with a fork.

Put the potatoes in the oven… they will cook for an hour…

Leave the steak on the counter, we want it to warm up a little.

Change clothes, take a shower .. whatever.
Generously salt and pepper the steak on both sides.

About 20 min before dinner get a heavy skillet (an iron skillet is best) anything that will go in the oven (no plastic handles).. Get it really hot. 
Use paper towels and pat the steak dry, as dry as possible. Add a tbsp. of oil to the hot skillet, then add the steak. It should sizzle hard. Let it cook for 4 min. Flip the steak over and put it in the oven.. After its been in the oven for 5 min stick your meat thermometer in the steak. Try to get it to the center ..

We're going for 125 degrees .. leave it in the oven till you get to 125 more or less.

(This is why the thickness of the steak is a big deal.. 1. It's easy to get the right temp.. 2. It's forgiving if you leave it too long.) 

When you get to 125, take it out and put 2 pats of butter on the steak and let it rest for 10 min on a cutting board…

Put your salad/lettuce in a large bowl. Add 6 or 8 tbsp of dressing to the salad and toss it with your hands ….

Your potatoes are ready!!

To Serve: Flower on the table, candles, set the table .. etc ..  Split the potatoes and plate, lift the salad out of the bowl by hand and place on the plate (leave most of the dressing in the bowl) .. Slice the ribeye crossways so that you are cutting across the grain and place on the plate (not too much.)….. Say sweet things and be romantic ..

For Dessert: Get a skillet hot. Add 3 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of sugar. Cook until the sugar melts.. Peel and slice the bananas in to the skillet. Shake the skillet back and forth. Cook till the bananas are soft…. Put one scoop of ice cream in a small bowl and spoon the bananas and sauce over the top and serve   … After that you're on your own..


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 8:19 AM