Category Archives: travel

Would you work for free?

Like many companies in our world today, British Airways is struggling in through the economy issues we face today.  One of the things I’ve always admired about British Airways is their innovative thinking.  Clearly the leaders are looking at the situation their in and asking the tough questions.  So, one of the questions was, how can we share the load?  They asked their employees if they would work for free for a period of time and 1000 have already said yes.

If your company was struggling, would you work for free for one month….or tell them to forget it?

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From Mike Foster’s tweet yesterday

This Weekend

This weekend Drew (my son) & I will be going down to Tijuana, MX with 29 people from our church to build 2 of these homes.  This is a time lapse version of a home just like the ones we will build.  We are blessed to serve.  Thanks to all who helped send us here ROXX as well as other family members…& please pray for our safety and the families who will receive these great homes.

What are you doing this weekend?

Ragamuffinsoul is more than just a blog!

This is my buddy Carlos from here.  If you’re not really into blogging…read his first and you’ll quickly think blogging is really cool.  I never really blogged until reading Ragamuffinsoul and deciding that I could actually have a voice in this arena.  Carlos is a great guy and just as authentic in person as he is on his blog.  This is a picture of me playing “fan boy” ….”hey. can I get a picture”.  I alos briefly met Heather & the kids in the lobby at Buckhead and said a quick hi….but then backed off in effort to not Freak her out.  She was totally cool…I think she is used to strangers yelling out her name then saying…hey, I’m one of Carlos’s blogging friends.

Yesterday Brenda & I went to the 9AM at Buckhead.  Great opener.  Carlos did the welcome – Christina Fincher did worship and Andy brought it.  A couple things I can recall from the message.  “Have you ever spent the night dreading what was to come the next day”?  Andy was relating how Jesus not only spent the night dreading the next day….his best friends who he poured his life into fell asleep, ran off, & denied him.  Andy did a great job helping the audience connect with this point.  As well, he made the point about if something is serious to our kids….it becomes serious to us not because it’s a big deal to us but because it’s a big deal to our kids.  Again, well presented.

Finished the morning at Buckhead with Brenda & Tiffany chatting it up for a while.  Then, off to our Sunday adventure….more to come….

What were some of the cool points from the message you heard or delivered yesterday?

Madison, GA

One of the places that we absolutely must visit when in the Atlanta area is Madison, GA. 

Madison is a beautiful little town about 1 hr East of Atlanta.  It has a bunch of rich history that I would never be able to do justice…so, click here and here for information about Madison and click here to see why Brenda likes to go to Madison.



Here is a snipit pulled from the wealth of wisdom “wikipedia” about a unique fact about Madison, GA,

It is known as “The town Sherman refused to burn”, as it was spared during General Sherman‘s march to the sea during the Civil War. While many believe that he spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn, the actual fact is that Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill. Hill had ties with General Sherman’s brother at West Point, so his sparing the town was more political than appreciation of its beauty.

Pretty cool distinction about Madison from the Civil War.  This is just one of the reasons why we love the south.

What is something unique about your area that you really love?

Back yard party with great friends…

Last night right after we arrived in Atlanta, we made a quick stop at the mall for Brenda to shop and me to drink coffee (yes..I know I have a problem) then off to River Mist to eat Mexican food in the back yard with great friends.  We lived in Atlanta for just under 3 years and managed to develop some lifelong friends.  It was heartwarming to see them all come out to hang out with Brenda & I.

My friend Mr. Barry Phillips Esq.  First friend ever from New York!




 Brenda & Friends

Me & my smokin’ hot wife Brenda.

Are you developing lifelong relationships that will party with you when you visit?

Big man in Little seat

So, yesterday at 6AM (PST) Brenda & I proceed to find our seats on the Delta 757 for our flight to Atlanta.  As I move into the window seat, I’m quickly reminded what it’s like to be a “big man in a little seat”.  Now, I’m not complaing but the leg room seems to be shrinking?  I don’t know how the 6 ft plus people do it?  I’m only 5’10” and my knees were touching the seat in front of me.  This is with my butt shoved to the very back of my seat (you know what I mean).  Then, right after we take off the guy in front of me rests his head on my lap (practically) by simply reclining his seat.  As this happens…the captain announces….”our flight today will be 4 hours and 38 minutes.  If I really thought about it…I’d freak out from closterphobia….but I just don’t think.

On another note…I’m in ATL for the Drive Conference.  Very much looking forward to 3 days of leadership, creativity, new ideas, strategy, & groups stuff.  I’ll be posting every chance I get before, during, and after the conference.  Highlight I’m looking forward to the most is connecting with Carlos from here on Monday night.  We’ll likely connect tomorrow at Buckhead….but it’s the conference outside the conference…right?

When was the last time you shoved yourself in a sardeen can for 4 hours & 38 minutes to attend a really cool conference?  Come on…everyone….start commenting…..

Thus sayeth the Lord!

So, my buddy Fishburn is in Detroit this week on business.  Fishburn is in my small group.  For literally the last 4 months plus he’s been dealing with a bronchial/breathing issue.  Gone to doctors and they just give him an inhaler and send him home.  We’ve been praying for him but he still struggles.  Especially at night…thus no sleep….thus crabby pattie (nod to sponge bob).  Now, it could have something to do with the fact that my buddy Fishburn smokes his pipe every night…but….naw!

At the same time, he & his wife have been dealing with family challenges for the last couple years…yes….years.  Side note….please pray for this family.  They’re good people.

So…here’s where it gets really cool/weird/God/Cool!  Fishburn is on the flight to Detroit earlier this week.  Plane lands…taxi to gate…seatbelt sign goes off.  A lady (in about her 50’s) bolts past everyone to be first off the plane (i know…irritating).  When Fishburn gets to the top of the jetway…there is the little 50 year old lady standing in his path.  You’ve got to picture this….Fishburn is not a small man…so for 50 lady to be stopping him….wow!  So she says, “excuse me young man”…. and the conversation goes like this:

50..excuse me young man


50..God has a word for you…He knows what you’re going through and the challenges you’ve been facing the last couple years.  God is going to be faithful and take care of you.


50…And you need to stop smoking….


50..have a nice day (and she waddles down the concourse)

At this point…Fishburn is befuddled.  There is absolutely no way that this lady could have known any of this stuff.  She was sent to Fishburn by God to tell him to hang on and quit smoking.  Needless to say….Fishburn is feeling touched.  God has a plan for all of us…but I think he has a special plan for my buddy Fishburn.

What is God trying to tell you today?

“I care more about connecting than winning”

Disneyland with the family.  (hot wife) Brenda, (free spirit) Brooke, Me, (cool son) Drew

So we arrive at Disneyland at 8AM ready to spend the next 16+ hours running our kids ragged and where is the first place we go?  Where do we all go?  Down main street…take a right…and straight to Space Mountain?  Right?  I mean, if you’re betting the odds…Space Mountain is going to be crammed later on…so lets get our SM fix in first.

We wait in about 5 minutes of line…

cast member: How many in party?

me: 6 (J2 with us)

cm: line 2,3,& 4

You know the drill!?

As I sit down…I notice a really nice cell phone and Disney collection pin in the seat next to me…I look up to my right and the guy that just got out is running up the ramp and out the exit.  Before I could say anything he was gone.  What do I do?  So I opened the phone and see a brief picture of the guy and his dog.  I instantly feel sorry for this guy.  Bummer way to start your day at Disneyland…loose your phone (not sure about the whole pin thing?).  I would have yelled for the guy….but I had lost my voice that morning (whole different story)….[do you know how frusterating it is to be me without a voice]?  yea!  So, I give the phone and the pin to the “seatbelt checker cast member” and (wisper yell) the guy before me left this.

We take the ride…Yay it’s fun….and we are back!

As I start to walk up the ramp…I notice a guy quickly walking back in the exit with his girlfriend.  I don’t recognize him…but I think, Hey, this could be him?  So I stop him…(yea I know…at this point, most of you introverts would have walked on by) and I say to him (wisper yell), did you loose your phone & pin?  He says, Yea!  I think ….. Yea!  I got the guy!  So, I walk him down the ramp and point at the seatbelt checker cast member who I gave the phone to.  Phone guy says thanks and I move on.

I love living my life this way.  I probably stopped and helped 5 other people (no joke) that day find their way.  It’s a curse.  I can’t help it.  “I care more about connecting than winning”

When was the last time you inconvenienced yourself for a stranger?

You only wish you could be this good at 70…

David Pearson 

My Father-in-law is a great man.  He is celebrating his 70th birthday this month…thus the family trip to Disneyland.  At a time when he truly could have said, “come hang with me in Phoenix and watch me get old”…instead he said, “let me meet you in Disneyland for a couple days and follow you around”.  That’s how great of a man he is.  Dave is pictured here with his wife Glenice and his daughter (my hot wife) Brenda.  Dave is a retired Sr. Pastor of 30+ years.  He has built a bunch of houses with his own hands…and built up even more lives with his own life.  He is a man of few words, yet when he speaks…you listen.  Dave is a man of wisdom.  I seek his wisdom in areas that I need council.  Even though Dave comes across as soft spoken…he carries a “silent strength”.  I recall Brenda sharing about how he used to say (when they were kids), “You ought not do that”…and that meant…”you’d better not do that” and they knew he meant business. 

On Saturday night we all had dinner together inside the California Adventure park.  The environment does not speak of a quiet and intimate dinner…yet we were able to go there.  As the theme park dinner went…it started with a bunch of discussion and walking…and I mean a bunch (at least 1 hour).  Then, we arrive at a warehouse that takes our order, charges more that they probably should, give us the food, send us to the condiment island, then outside to eat.  Even with all that, the dinner was priceless.  As we were talking through dinner and enjoying our time together…we decided to do an Impromptu Affirmation Circle lol….I think that’s a really funny title I just made up.  I announced that since we were celebrating Dave’s 70th birthday, we should go around the table and share what we love most about Dave.  So, here is a couple points made from my memory:

loran: I love that Dave said yes when I asked to marry Brenda

brian: I love that Dad encouraged and played sports

glenice: I’ve known Dave the longest.  I love that he gave me Brian & Brenda

brenda: I love that Dad takes care of his health

roxi: I love that I see Dave in my kids

jared: I love that grandpa likes to play with us.  I love that grandpa does tea parties

joel: I like the way grandpa pulls off that haircut

brooke: I love that grandpa likes to play sports with us

drew: I love that grandpa plays me hard in tennis and beats me

julia: (she loves everything)

As we wrapped up the love fest…Dave decided to share.  He went around the table and shared how grateful he was for his family.  He is grateful for his wife, kids, kids spouses (who he considers his kids…that’s cool), and grand kids.  He’s thrilled that we are all serving the Lord and teaching our kids to serve Christ.  He said, “that’s a big deal to him”.  Roxi & I discovered that we are sparks….we brought some “spunk” into the family….I think that’s good?!?  yea!

Final thoughts: 

As the people who love him the most sat around sharing thoughts about him, he knew that we loved and respected him.  Isn’t that we we all strive for?  For the people who know us best, love and respect us the most? 

Dave & Glenice are great people.  I call them “lead with” people.  You know, the kind of people that you’re not afraid to lead with in a conversation.  You know, when I meet someone that might also know Dave & Glenice…I lead with…you might know the Pearsons?  I married thier daughter.  I don’t even give the person a chance to tell me what they think of Dave & Glenice because I know what I think.  Conversely, if you are not sure what someone might think of your acquaintance…you might say, hey, do you know so & so?  then wait to see what they think?  There are very few people in life that I consider “lead with” people….Dave & Glenice are 2 of them.

I’m glad that I have people like Dave Pearson around me to challenge me daily to be a better dad, husband, christian, pastor, and person.  Happy Birthday Dave!

Who do you have in your life that will always be better than you?

lichty does disney…results!

Last week I gave the world an opportunity of a lifetime.  I gave you the power to decide what I did on my trip to Disneyland. 5 items were reqested by the thousands…(ok tens) of people who read the lichty blog.  Initially, the people who care most about me just requested that I have fun with my family.  Then, my friends who like to see me humiliated asked for tasks that they thougt I might not perform.  nay nay….you’d be shocked at what I would do.  So here are the results…

Task 1

David Says:
April 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm e

I would like to see you get mickey to hold up a sign saying “I love An Anthology Of Thoughts.”  If you can’t find Mickey, As many characters as possible will work.

Task 2:

This is from Steve Porter in my small group.

Steve Says:
April 7, 2008 at 8:36 am e

Due to hearing about the challenge, blog and trip last night at 8:00 pm PST on 4/6/08, I am officially posting an addendum:

Take picture or video of yourself on the Dumbo ride with a binky/pacifier in your mouth, expression must convey pure happiness and content.

Enjoy the magical kingdom. SP


Sorry…no editing skills to slow down…you’ll just need to watch a few times to see me & niece julia on the dumbo ride…pacifier & all.  Here’s the funny thing…I didn’t even feel out of place?

Just in case you aren’t quick enough on the pause button.

What are the tasks that you wish you would have asked me to do?