Thursday, December 16, 2010

Technical Difficulties

In our world of high tech: blogs, video chats, LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter, etc. What are we supposed to do when our technology lets us down? Soldier on? Not likely... I’m more the freak out and run around with my hair on fire type. Hup two three four... get out of that fetal position and make the best of it! Ummm Hummm.... I know, right?

Sooner or later it happens to us all... the best we can do is... keep on keepin on, make the best of a bad situation, gittin jiggie with it... OMG! How many more Soul Train references can I come up with?

In case you haven't guessed, I was the victim of technical difficulties this afternoon. We were presenting a video chat at work today on our Facebook page and right after we started our computer crashed. Being totally prepared, we quickly switched to our back up computer, and realized the video camera wasn't working. We diligently pressed on and continued with the presentation. Just a few minutes later the network at work went down... arrrgggghhhhh!!!!

Somehow we managed to keep the voice up and running along with the PowerPoint and we were able to finish the chat and limp away licking our wounds. The moral of the story... you can never be over-prepared (and next time we will run the chat with multiple admins stashed away at hidden locations) I'm not saying it's a cave in Afghanistan but... this next time the SAT phone stays on! Stay tuned... more to follow... same bat time, same bat channel.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Gift of Christmas… Everybody’s Christmas™

Christmas is just two weeks away… how did it sneak up so fast?  Seems like just yesterday it was Thanksgiving and now if I don’t have my packages in the mail next week, my friends and family out of town won’t receive their presents before Christmas.  Looks like I’ll be in a wrapping gift frenzy tonight and tomorrow.  Fair warning to anyone planning on visiting me this weekend… be prepared to tape, twist, snip and curl!

Thinking about this makes me realize just how fortunate we are… we have gifts to give and receive.  And we have a Christmas dinner to prepare and enjoy in our nice warm, cozy home.  We even have too many party invitations to be able to attend them all so we selectively choose our events and make sure we see our closest friends.  Oh and I almost forgot… we have new holiday party clothes to keep us stylishly warm and make a good impression during all these festivities. 

We tend not to think about the people we don’t see during this season, the people who aren’t invited to our parties or not part of our immediate circle of friends.  Sure we by presents for the Angel Trees, give to the Salvation Army helpers, donate to Toys for Tots and other wonderful charity organizations.  And while these are good things to do and things that need to be done, they don’t really affect us on a personal level.  So this year I am going to do something extra for Christmas… I’m going to make this year’s Christmas Everybody’s Christmas™.

Everybody’s Christmas™ was started by Crosswalk Worship and Lovers Lane Church Outreach Ministry at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.  It was conceived to be a Christmas eve, eve worship service and grew to become an outreach into the Dallas community to bring in people who wouldn’t normally be able to have a Christmas celebration.  What happens on this night is... a dynamic worship service, a free amazing Christmas meal for the community, coat give aways, exciting childrens activities... and much much more.  All are welcome, join us if you can.  You can watch the video on YouTube.

I hope that Everyone has a very Merry Christmas this year!  God Bless.